Saturday 6 June 2009


The city of Urumqi ( 'Wu-ru-moo-chi' ) in China's Northwest,  is also known as the most 'inland' city in the world.  

Tourists are drawn to this central Asian gem not only for its intriguing remoteness, but for its modern vibe of 'East meets West' culture and the scenic landscapes surrounding the city.  

China Southern Airlines (CZ) flies nonstop from both Sydney and Melbourne to Guangzhou, China, with two daily connections on to Urumqi, in the heart of Asia.  

Depending on seasonality and exchange rates, prices to Urumqi start from just $1128 per person ex Sydney and Melbourne. This fare includes all taxes and surcharges, and is correct as at 05 June, 2009.  

"Many travellers say it's the people that make a city memorable, and Urumqi's warm, friendly and inviting vibe makes it stand out from the rest," said James Liu, Regional Manager Australia for China Southern Airlines.  

"Of China's 60 ethnic groups 47 are present in Urumqi, and bring many ancient customs and traditions to leave an unforgettable impact on visitors," said Mr Liu. 

"The Silk Road, which starts in Urumqi, is actually renowned not just as an ancient trade route but also for its culinary frenzy, offering the most diverse of experiences from Kazakh, Uyghur, Pakistani, Hui, Chinese, Russian and Uzbek cultures," he said. 

"And while rich oases, grasslands, forests, deserts and mountain ranges surround the city, it's the magnificent Lake of Heaven, or Tianchi, located amongst the mountains, that is the most popular and offers a uniquely divine experience," he said. 

For more information about flights to Urumqi with China Southern Airlines, or to make a booking, contact your travel agent, or call China Southern Airlines reservations in Sydney on 02 9233 9788, Melbourne on 03 8676 0088 or South-East Queensland on 1300 889628.  

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