HamiSilk Road in Xinjiang Province in China.
By busTake about a seven-hour bus ride from Urumqi to a village where there is a muddy salt lake. Trip to the Hami area is available only through chartered services. Numerous stopovers can be had at the petrol kiosks, even in the middle of nowhere. The road for most of the way is single lane. The trip there passes through a number of villages and towns. When a part of the road is undergoing maintenance, a bumpy detour has to be made on extremely uneven dirt track. Lots of dust will be stirred up. Remember to shut the windows tight before entering the detour tracks.
By trainHami is on the Urumchi-Xian line and can be easily reached by daytrain from Urumchi. Departure 9:53AM, arrival 4:31PM (2008).
By planeHami Airport is located east of the city and can be accessed by taxi and has direct flights to and from Beijing and Urumqi.
Tomb of Hami kingRoyal nine generations along with three Arabian preacher were buried there, tomb is made of four typical ethical architecture.
Hami MuseumTwo mummies are exhibited: their clothes, hair and blood vessels have remained in good condition due to immediate dehydration and dry climate.
Ghost CityFamous for special geographic speciality. It is absolutely a natural region formed by strong wind and dry climate for thousands of years.
SongshutangA golden place for skiing during winter and summer resort. The ski run is not sharp but very good for beginners. It is a cool place during summer time, you could stay there for few days to enjoy the most quiet and natural life. Cheese is always available for all year long, fresh mushroom could be found after rain in Tian Mountain, BBQ is quite welcome in night life. If you have already arrived at Songshutang, it is great opportunity to tour MingShaoShan, takes less than two hours by car from Songshutang. In this non-polluted natural small town, hundreds and thousands of sharing stars are quite close to you. Surely you will enjoy a delighted and memorable stay.
- Dry fruit is a special snack in Hami. Raisins at ¥10 per kg, tasty cheese at ¥10 per bag (around half a kg), and dry fig, a favorite of local people at ¥15/kg. The most nutritious one is dried jujubes, priced at ¥80/kg; dried mushrooms are another good choice. The local white wine is quite strong, so be careful.
- Jade - there is a workshop street in Dashizi (哈密大十字), delicate jade and all shape of sculpt can be found there.
- Hamigua The famous melon, can be found just across the street from the station.