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Travelling from Kelamayi back to Urumqi & Shopping at International Grand Bazaar – Xinjiang, Silk Road of China – Day 13

Filed Under (China, Cuisines, Karamay, Kelemayi, Shopping, Silk Road, Travelling, Tulufan, Turpan, Urumqi, Xinjiang) by Janet on 28-08-2010

Good morning as I’m now about to have my Chinese Breakfast here at Hope Restaurant, located next to Hope Hotel :

Chinese Breakfast at Hope Restaurant next to Hope Hotel in Kelamayi (or Karamay) in Silk Road of ChinaEnjoying Chinese Breakfast in Hope Restaurant at Hope Hotel - Kelamayi (or Karamay) - Silk Road of ChinaEnjoying Chinese Breakfast in Hope Restaurant at Hope Hotel - Kelamayi (or Karamay) - Silk Road of ChinaEnjoying Chinese Breakfast in Hope Restaurant at Hope Hotel - Kelamayi (or Karamay) - Silk Road of ChinaBeautiful View of Kelamayi (or Karamay) City from Hope Hotel in Kelamayi Hope Hotel in Kelamayi - Silk Road of ChinaLeaving Hope Hotel in Kelamayi Travelling to Urumqi - Silk Road of China

Some time after leaving Kelamayi (or Karamay) now travelling back to Urumqi, we stop for Toilet Break at a Petrol Station – heading straight to the below Public Toilet (or “Gong Ce” in Chinese) & got a shock of our lives!!!!!

GUESS you know why huh?!? Cos it’s another day’s nightmare here along the Silk Road of China arrrrrhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!

 Horribly Stinky Filthy Public Toilet (or "Gong Ce" in Chinese) Enroute from Kelamayi to Urumqi - Xinjiang, Silk Road of ChinaHorribly Stinky Filthy Public Toilet (or "Gong Ce" in Chinese) Enroute from Kelamayi to Urumqi - Xinjiang, Silk Road of China

Well well………………..

Horribly Stinky Filthy Public Toilet (or "Gong Ce" in Chinese) Enroute from Kelamayi to Urumqi - Xinjiang, Silk Road of China

Arhrhrhaahahaaa that’s exactly what all my other lady tour mates did!!! Ohhh my goodness!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now I’m sure that’s a used Condom right there on the filthy Toilet grounds - I actully just noticed it now upon looking at these pics errrhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!

Horribly Stinky Filthy Public Toilet (or "Gong Ce" in Chinese) Enroute from Kelamayi to Urumqi - Xinjiang, Silk Road of ChinaHorribly Stinky Filthy Public Toilet (or "Gong Ce" in Chinese) Enroute from Kelamayi to Urumqi - Xinjiang, Silk Road of China

Here’s the Petrol Stationohhh Shifu Shifu (“Master Driver” in Chinese) should have known better than to stop here for our Toilet Break haaaaaaa I almost puke right after I used it!! In fact some of my lady Tour mates actually did puke even just upon peeping inside!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rundown Petrol Station next to Horribly Stinky Filthy Public Toilet (or "Gong Ce" in Chinese) Enroute from Kelamayi to Urumqi - Xinjiang, Silk Road of ChinaTravelling to Urumqi - Xinjiang, Silk Road of China

Rest Stop Enroute to Urmuqi from Kelamayi (or Karamay) in Silk Road of ChinaYurt Restaurant at Rest Stop Enroute from Kelamayi to Urumqi - Silk Road of ChinaRest Stop Enroute from Kelamayi to Urumqi - Silk Road of China

Hours later from our departure from Kelamayi………………

Yummy Chinese Lunch in City Restaurant in Urumqi - Xinjiang, Silk Road of ChinaEnjoying Chinese Golden Ear Layer Beer Yummy Chinese Lunch in City Restaurant in Urumqi - Xinjiang, Silk Road of ChinaYummy Chinese Lunch in City Restaurant in Urumqi - Xinjiang, Silk Road of ChinaYummy Chinese Lunch in City Restaurant in Urumqi - Xinjiang, Silk Road of ChinaYummy Chinese Lunch in City Restaurant in Urumqi - Xinjiang, Silk Road of ChinaEnjoying Melon Fruits for Dessert during Chinese Lunch in City Restaurant in Urumqi

I’m now at the building Lobby of City Restaurant – how nice is this below Chinese characterd Wishing Well - guess what’s in there?!?!!

Chinese Wishing Well with Tortoises & Coins in Water at City Restaurant in Urumqi - Xinjiang, Silk Road of China

Hmmmmm 4 little cutie Tortoises swimming in a clean pool of Water with lots many Coins inside the Wishing Well :

Chinese Wishing Well with Tortoises & Coins in Water at City Restaurant in Urumqi - Xinjiang, Silk Road of China

NOW MAKE A WISH – hmmmm I so wish that all the fifthy stinky disgusting Toilets along the Silk Road of China disappear!!!!!!!!!! AMEN!!!!

Chinese Wishing Well with Tortoises Swimming in Clean Pool of Water with Coins at Urumqi - XinjiangSilk Weaving Loom in Urumqi - Xinjiang, Silk Road of ChinaPlanned Drawing of Chinese Silk to be Weaved in Silk Factory at Urumqi Chinese Silk Weaving Loom in Urumqi - Xinjiang, Silk Road of China

The Chinese Silk Weaving Loom :

Chinese Silk Weaving Loom in Urumqi - Xinjiang, Silk Road of ChinaChinese Jade Carvings in Souvenirs Boutique in Urumqi

We spent some time here inisde this Chinese Silk, JadeSouvenirs Boutique here……………..

Visiting Chinese Souvenirs Boutique in Urumqi - Xinjiang, Silk Road of China

It’s got many beautiful Yengisar Daggers of Xinjiang’s Uygur People :

Beautiful Yengisar Daggers from Chinese Souvenirs Boutique in Urumqi Beautiful Yengisar Daggers (or Uygur Knifes) from Chinese Souvenirs Boutique in Urumqi - Xinjiang, Silk Road of ChinaBeautiful Yengisar Daggers from Chinese Souvenirs Boutique in Urumqi Visiting Chinese Silk & Souvenirs Shop in Silk Road of China

WOW what a great building here as we arrive at Urumqi City all set eager & ready for our very much long-awaited shopping free – well, at least for me cos I simply love shopping heheheeheeeee PLUS I didnt get to buy anything/souvenir yesterday :(

Xinjiang Luxurious Boutiques in Flourishing Urumqi City - Silk Road of China

A City of 5 million people – Urumqi is the Regional Capital (& the region’s wealthiest City) lying in Northwest Xinjiang where its North lies Russia, Tibet & the Himalayas in its South, & Kazakhstan in its West, & mixing borders with Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India & Mongolia as shown in the below Map of Xinjiang :

Map of Xinjiang along Silk Road of China

Now, I cant help featuring close-up views of this beautiful Adili Commerce Hall (where the Xinjiang Silk Road Museum is located on top of luxurious Boutique Shops :)

Xinijiang Silk Road Museum in Urumqi City - Silk Road of ChinaXinijiang Silk Road Museum in Urumqi City - Silk Road of ChinaXinjiang Luxurious Boutiques in Flourishing Urumqi City Flourishing Urumqi City - Silk Road of China

And yes, many Uygur Muslism women here in Urumqi wear Headscarves too! NOW it’s time to shop :

Shopping inside International Grand Bazaar (or "Dabaza" in Chinese) in Flourishing Urumqi City - Silk Road of ChinaShopping at International Grand Bazaar (or "Dabaza" in Chinese) in Flourishing Urumqi City - Silk Road of ChinaShopping inside International Grand Bazaar (or "Dabaza" in Chinese) in Flourishing Urumqi City - Silk Road of ChinaShopping inside International Grand Bazaar (or "Dabaza" in Chinese) in Flourishing Urumqi City - Silk Road of ChinaShopping inside International Grand Bazaar (or "Dabaza" in Chinese) in Flourishing Urumqi City - Silk Road of ChinaShopping inside International Grand Bazaar (or "Dabaza" in Chinese) in Flourishing Urumqi City - Silk Road of ChinaShopping inside International Grand Bazaar (or "Dabaza" in Chinese) in Flourishing Urumqi City - Silk Road of China

Midway shopping at Er Dao Qiao Internationl Grand Bazaar (or “Dabazha” or “Dabaza” in Chinese), my brother-in-law Ah Hia & I decided to go somewhere else :

Seeing Open Air Market while Travelling from International Grand Bazaar (or "Dabaza" in Chinese) to Tian Bai Min Dian Shopping Mall in Flourishing Urumqi City - Silk Road of ChinaOpen Air Market in Urumqi City - Silk Road of China


From Tian Bai Min Dian :

Janetong's Wool with Fox Fur Coat purchased at Tian Bai Min Dian Shopping Mall in Flourishing Urumqi City - Xinjiang, Silk Road of ChinaChinese Dragon & Phoenix Pyjamas (for Mom & Dad) from International Grand Bazaar (or "Dabaza" in Chinese) in Flourishing Urumqi City - Silk Road of China

Not much time shopping at Tian Bai Min Dian cos we’ve to rush back to the International Grand Bazaar to meet our Tour Coach.

I only managed to purchase the aboves – Well actually, not much use too even if we’ve more time here cos you know why?!?!? We ran out of Yuan (RMB) & the Shopping Mall doesn’t accept Singapore dollars (except US currency I think!!), or any of my Credit Cards except their own Chinese Bank Card which I’ve not got, & there isn’t a Money Changer or Bank around!!

How sad cos if not I’d have bought at least another very sweet Pink Pyjamas for myself, a lovely Bag, another Long Coat perhaps & a few others :(

Shopping at International Grand Bazaar (or "Dabaza" in Chinese) in Flourishing Urumqi City Shopping at International Grand Bazaar (or "Dabaza" in Chinese) in Flourishing Urumqi City - Silk Road of ChinaShopping at Er Dao Qiao International Grand Bazaar (or "Dabazha" in Chinese) in Urumqi - Xinjiang, Silk Road of ChinaBeautiful Islam Mosque, Gourmet Square & Sightseeing Tower at International Grand Bazaar (or "Dabaza" in Chinese) in Flourishing Urumqi CityShopping at Er Dao Qiao International Grand Bazaar (or "Dabazha" in Chinese) in Urumqi - Xinjiang, Silk Road of China

Smiling Me standing at International Grand Bazaar :

Janetong Shopping at Er Dao Qiao International Grand Bazaar (or "Dabazha" in Chinese) in Urumqi - Xinjiang, Silk Road of ChinaBeautiful Islam Mosque & Gourmet Square at International Grand Bazaar (or "Dabaza" in Chinese) in Flourishing Urumqi City - Silk Road of China

The Sightseeing Tower here at International Grand Bazaar :

Sightseeing Tower at International Grand Bazaar (or "Dabaza" in Chinese) in Flourishing Urumqi City - Silk Road of ChinaMajestic Stone Carvings on the Sightseeing Tower at International Grand Bazaar (or "Dabaza" in Chinese) in Flourishing Urumqi City - Silk Road of ChinaShopping at International Grand Bazaar (or "Dabaza" in Chinese) in Flourishing Urumqi City - Silk Road of ChinaHuge Steel Camel at International Grand Bazaar (or "Dabaza" in Chinese) in Flourishing Urumqi City - Silk Road of ChinaCamels for Hire for Riding at International Grand Bazaar (or "Dabaza" in Chinese) in Flourishing Urumqi CityJanetong Shopping at Er Dao Qiao Internationl Grand Bazaar (or "Dabazha" in Chinese) in Urumqi - Xinjiang, Silk Road of ChinaShopping at Er Dao Qiao International Grand Bazaar (or "Dabazha" in Chinese) in Urumqi - Xinjiang, Silk Road of ChinaShopping at International Grand Bazaar (or "Dabaza" in Chinese) in Flourishing Urumqi City - Silk Road of ChinaShopping at International Grand Bazaar (or "Dabaza" in Chinese) in Flourishing Urumqi City - Silk Road of ChinaShopping at International Grand Bazaar (or "Dabaza" in Chinese) in Flourishing Urumqi City - Silk Road of ChinaShopping for Yengisar Daggers at International Grand Bazaar (or "Dabaza" in Chinese) in Flourishing Urumqi City Shopping at International Grand Bazaar (or "Dabaza" in Chinese) in Flourishing Urumqi City - Silk Road of ChinaCultural Uygur Performances at Gourmet Square in International Grand Bazaar (or "Dabaza" in Chinese) in Flourishing Urumqi City - Silk Road of China



Below are more pics of the bustling Gourmet Square here at International Grand Bazaar :

Delicious Xinjiang Nang Stalls at Gourmet Square in International Grand Bazaar (or "Dabaza" in Chinese) in Flourishing Urumqi City - Silk Road of ChinaSilk Road Dried Fruits Wholesale Shops at Gourmet Square in International Grand Bazaar (or "Dabaza" in Chinese) in Flourishing Urumqi City - Xinjiang, Silk Road of ChinaBBQ Mutton (or "Kao Yang Rou" in Chinese) Stalls at Gourmet Square in International Grand Bazaar (or "Dabaza" in Chinese) in Flourishing Urumqi City - Silk Road of ChinaJanetong Shopping at Er Dao Qiao Internationl Grand Bazaar (or "Dabazha" in Chinese) in Urumqi - Xinjiang, Silk Road of ChinaJanetong standing at Nangs Stall at Gourmet Square in Er Dao Qiao International Grand Bazaar (or "Dabazha" in Chinese) in Urumqi - Xinjiang, Silk Road of ChinaDelicious Xinjiang Nang Stalls at Gourmet Square in International Grand Bazaar (or "Dabaza" in Chinese) in Flourishing Urumqi City - Silk Road of ChinaShopping at International Grand Bazaar (or "Dabaza" in Chinese) in Flourishing Urumqi City - Silk Road of China

Some shops here do accept US currencies (which I’ve not got too!) but there’s a nearby Bank where I might be able to change my Singapore dollars into Yuans (RMB), but then it’s time to leave for Dinner :(

Ahhahaa now back with our Tour guide & mates :

Janetong showing off Wool with Fox Fur Coat purchased at Tian Bai Min Dian Shopping Mall in Flourishing Urumqi City

Beautiful Coat huh?!? Some of the lady Tour mates even wana go buy too (but there’s no more time!!) - saying they should have followed me shopping heheee!!! And it cost me only about S$80 (at 70% off original price!!)- I was stunned when I saw its Price Tag cos it’s 100% Wool & with Fox Fur too!! What a fine bargain!! 

In fact I even saw the same Coat recently (at home in Singapore Chinatown) selling at S$380!! But unfortunately, this Coat of mine’s now 2 sizes too big for me – so I’ve actually never had the chance to wear it except this once right here above – now it belongs to my Mummy dearest who looks really gorgeous in it :)

Pretty Necklace from International Grand Bazaar (or "Dabaza" in Chinese) in Flourishing Urumqi City - Silk Road of ChinaHuge Sesame NANG Can Opener with Pic of Emin Minaret (or "Su Gong Ta" in Chinese at Turpan) Souvenir from International Grand Bazaar (or "Dabaza" in Chinese) in Flourishing Urumqi City - Silk Road of

Hmmm I love this above Huge NANG Can Opener – was looking for Souvenir Fridge Magnets (a usual habit for me wherever I travel!!) in the Bazaar but couldnt find any at all :(

Nang is my  favourite Xinjiang Cuisine so I’m very happy that I found this Nang Replica, besides it’s got the Emin Minaret (or “Su Gong Ta” in Chinese) design on its back – a real cool Xinjiang Turpan Souvenir for me :)

Now looking at this Sesame Nang makes me really really hungry – cant wait to have dinner soon!!!

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