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Red Hill Park

Red Hill Park Urumqi, Xinjiang Silk Road ToursRed Hill Park (Hongshan Park) stands out from forest Red Mountain and is an icon of Urumqi city. Red Mountain get its name from purple grit rock.

Red Hill Park (Hongshan Park) is a pleasant spot to visit to get your bearings when you first arrive in this modern city. The views from the top of the mountain of the surrounding countryside and breathtaking mountains, make the steep (but short) climb worthwhile.

The mountain peak stands 1391 meters above sea level. Climb up to the top, where you can stop and sit down for a drink and enjoy fabulous views over the city with the snow capped mountains behind. Numerous legends are associated with the mountain, including a few scary tales about a dragon that inhabits the hillside!

Red Hill Park Urumqi, Xinjiang Silk Road Tours

Red Hill Park Urumqi, Xinjiang Silk Road ToursRed Hill Park Urumqi, Xinjiang Silk Road Tours

A Qing Pagoda (Zhenlong Ta) can be found half way up the mountain. This was built by one of the emperors to ward off the evil dragon and his spirits! There are also a few fairground rides within the grounds here, and a lake to boat on. This is a popular spot with local families who come here to get out of the city for the day.

How to get there: Walk for 45 minutes north from the Holiday Inn to Hongshan gongyuan. Alternately take a taxi. This should cost about RMB10.

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