Xinjiang is located in the North West of China, in the Mongolian Uplands. It is on the traditional Silk Road.  Hanas National Nature Reserve, Karakul Lake, Sayram Lake National Park and Tianshan Tianchi National Park are popular destinations.

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Urumqi is the capital of the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region. Urumqi is quite famous for its claim that it is the most inland major city in the world, that being the furthest from any ocean.

There are two major ethnic groups, the Uyghur and Han. Other ethnic groups in Urumqi include Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, Mongols and Hui Muslims.

Hami or Kumul is an oasis in Hami Prefecture, Xinjiang (China); it is a town on the Northern branch of the Silk Road, also the name of a modern city and the surrounding district. It is well known in China as the home of the famously sweet Hami melons.