The city of Urumqi, an ancient city along the Silk Road route that followed the northern rim of the Taklimakan Desert – and which also had a branch route that slipped through the Urumchi Corridor of the Tian Shan Mountains, then skirted north and westward around said mountains, before continuing westward and charting a course for Samarkand in present-day Uzbekistan – is the capital of Xinjiang (Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region).
But Urumqi has an even more ancient history involving the ancient Tocharians, followed by the Yuezhi (both possibly related and apparently of Indo-European origin, with blue (or green) eyes and with fair hair... think of the Tarim Basin Mummies) and then the warring, Turkic Xiongnu tribes that lived here before the Uyghurs, frequent visitors to the city, moved here en masse after they lost their homelands farther north and east to Kyrgyz warriors in CE 840 (the event is described in the Kyrgyz epic, the Manas).
Urumqi is served by the Urumqi Railway Station, located at the eastern foot of Yamalike Hill, in the city's Saybagh District, accessible by taxi – of course – and by public bus Nos. 2, 8, 10, 16, 20, 36, 44, 50 and 58. Urumqi has several departures weekly to six major Chinese cities including to Beijing, Chengdu, Lanzhou, Shanghai, Xi'an and to Zhengzhou.
In addition, there are local Xinjiang routes to cities such as Aksu, Korla, Kuitun and Liuyuan – most, if not all, of which cities belong to the ancient Silk Road.
Given the extreme distances, even for many of the "local" cities, travelers are advised to purchase a ticket with guaranteed sleeping space (the traveler is also advised to buy his/ her ticket at least 3 days in advance, though for many young people – students especially – part of the charm of traveling is to experience the generosity of the local people, or of fellow travelers... after all, the whole point of traveling is to get out of the rut of routine!), either a hard or soft (preferred!) sleeper berth. There is also an international railway line between Urumqi and Almaty, in Kazakhstan.
This part of the world is like nothing the traveler has experienced before – evocative of the ancient Silk Road even today – unless one happens to be on a return journey.
1.Train Ticket Office in Industrial Development Corporation of Zhengzhou station in Baofeng Grand Hotel
2.Train Ticket Office in Industrial Development Corporation of Zhengzhou station in Nanyang Road
3.Train Ticket Office in Five Stars South Road
4.Train Ticket Office in Victory Road
5.Train Ticket Office in Xinmin Road
6.Train Ticket Office in Jianshe Road
7.Train Ticket Office in Midong District
8.Train Ticket Office in Gansu Building
9.Train Ticket Office in Jiangsu West Road
10.Train Ticket Office in Aletai Road
11.Train Ticket Office in Yellow River Road
12.Train Ticket Office in Heilongjiang Road
13.Train Ticket Office in South Lake East Road
14.Train Ticket Office in Northern Suburbs of Urumchi