Things to do in Urumqi when you're dead
June 19, 2012 1:53 PM Subscribe
What is there to do in Urumqi in the next few days on a restricted budget and with limited local language skills?
posted by Quinbus Flestrin to travel & transportation around Wulumuqi, China (4 answers total)
My son is in Urumqi for a few days between trains (he departs for Shanghai on Saturday I believe). This is his first experience of traveling alone and his first time in China; he just arrived from Kazakhstan yesterday. He has a hotel room and can speak a little Mandarin (he just finished his second semester), so he's safe and can communicate about the bare necessities of life. But he's alone and bored, and though he's friendly he's not very outgoing (he's definitely not one of those people who can just wander into a bar and come out a few hours later having made a bunch of new friends). I've tried looking online, but the place is somewhat off the beaten track and I'm not coming up with much for him (I found the 2nd Asia-Europe Auto Exhibition, but it's really not his sort of thing), so ideas from those familiar with the places would be much appreciated.
Any good places to go where he might find some English speakers? Things to do that would be fun by yourself? Places to go that don't require good language skills? A good place for Wifi (he has an iPod touch with him)? Any other relevant tips and tricks?
Difficulty factor: I can only text him unless and until he can get online somewhere, so ideally your suggestions should be easily expressible in 140 characters or less.