Hami is an old oasis-city along the northern route of the old Silk Road. Due to it’s strategic location, it has traded hands many, many times between the imperial Chinese, the Mongols, the Uyghurs, and various Turkic Central Asian tribes.
What to see:
To be completely honest, there isn’t much to see or do here. You could probably cross off most everything in a day, maybe two. Visit some tombs (like the Tomb of the Uyghur Kings of Hami), hit the museum, maybe head up to Lake Barkul. Other than that, there’s not much else.
Now, after seeing those (few) sights that Hami offers, do not forget about the most famous thing to come out of this place: the Hami Melon. It’s known throughout China for its sweetness and its deliciousness.
Other than that, Hami is very much just a layover point. It’s along the Lanzhou-Xinjiang rail line, so if you felt the need to stretch your legs a bit you could stop off here.
But, again, don’t spend too much time here in Hami. Seriously, you have cooler things up ahead (no matter which way you’re going on the Silk Road). Places like Kashgar or Xi’an, are just a couple stops away.
Come to Hami for the melons, stay for a day (at most). And get on going to the real sights on the Silk Road.
If you’re heading west, next up is the city of Turpan
If you’re heading east, next is the city of Dunhuang
|Mausoleum of the Uighurian Kings of Hami|
The Tombs of the Uighur Kings of Hami are located in Huicheng Township, which is about 2 kilometers to the south of Hami city. The mausoleum was built in 1840, and the Uighurian kings of Hami that ruled the kingdom during the Qing Dynasty, and the members of their royal families were buried here. The most prominent tomb in the mausoleum is that of King Boxier, the 7th King of Hami. The tomb is about 18m high with a vault and in the shape of rectangle. There are columns at four corners, and the arched frontispiece faces west. The tombs are largely constructed in the Islamic style, with arches and decorated tiles.
|Hami (Kumul) Airport|
Kumul Airport is about 10 kilometers east of the central city of Kumul. You can take Bus #6 to get there.
Hami(Kumul), Xinjiang, China
|Kumul Railway Station|
Hami Railway Station
Hami (Kumul) is on the Urumqi-Xian line and can be easily reached by daytrain from Urumqi. Hami is also on the Lanzhou-Xinjian railway line, which runs from Lanzhou to Urumqi. It is easily reached by bus from the central city, you can use bus #1, bus #3, bus #4, bus #5, bus #6, or bus #12 to get to the railway station.
Kumul Railway Station, Tianshan North Road, Hami(Kumul), Xinjiang, China
|Hami Long Distance bus station|
Hami (Kumul) Long-distance bus station
Kumul Long-distance Bus Station has buses going to big or middle-sized cities like Urumqi, Jiuquan, Dunhuang, Turpan, Barkol and Yiwu. There are also regularly-scheduled buses going to Mongolia. Besides, there are many buses going to Songshutang, passing scenic spots like Tou Dao ravine, Ta Shui Village, Han Qi Ravine, Tianshan Gorge and others.
4 Jianguo N Rd, Hami(Kumul), Xinjiang, China
The museum was built in 1988 in order to fully exhibit the artifacts of the ancient civilizations of the Hami area. There are totally over 1200 artifacts from the bronze age to the Hand Dynasty, including several mummies. The main exhibitions include unearthed cultural relics from the Yanbulak Cemetry and an exhibition of relics from the Wupu Cemetery.
You can find the Hami Museum on TripAdvisor here: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g788146-d1859793-Reviews-Hami_Museum-Hami_Xinjiang_Uygur.html
Kumul, Xinjiang, China
|Wubao Ancient Tombs|
Wubao Ancient Tombs
An ancient graveyard from 3200 years ago, the Wubao Ancient Tomb complex is located about 70 km west of Hami (Kumul). The bodies and othe rrelics in the tomb complex are well preserved, owing to the arid desert conditions.
For more information, see their page on TripAdvisor here: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g788146-d1859808-Reviews-Wubao_Ancient_Cemeteries-Hami_Xinjiang_Uygur.html
wubao, Hami(Kumul), Xinjiang, China
Lake Barkul is a beautiful alkaline mountain lake northwest of Kumul. In the summer, it is a gathering point for camel and horse-herders, and the area will be dotted with white tents. It is a tranquil sight, surrounded by the beauty of the grasslands and the snow-capped peaks of the TianShan mountains.
Lake Barkul, Barkol, Hami(Kumul), Xinjiang, China