To prepare my trip to Tianshan mountains I had to stop over Wulumuqi.
The big bazaar is a Chinese souk, stalls of dried fruits, nuts, spices display their appealing colors next to Chinese medicinal herbs and fresh fruits.
Fruit stall in Xinjiang Grand Bazaar
Nearby the bazaar, there are several popular restaurants that offer tasty noodles.
In recent years, tension among Han and Uighurs have risen due to economic reasons mostly. When I visited in october 2011 police were carrying firearms, and tourists were not allowed to take pictures in front of the mosque…