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Urumqi Red Hill Park
Red Hill is the symbol of Urumqi city which is situated on the east bank of Urumqi River.The Red Hill gets its name from the ochre sandstone of its body. With an elevation of 910, the mountain is believed to be a giant dragon fly from the Heavenly Lake by the Bogda Peak, while the Yamalik Mountain on the west bank of Urumqi River is believed to be the avatar of a demon.
What to see?
Yamalike Hill stands facing Red Hill.Legend has it that in ancient times a red dragon fled fromHeavenly Lake and the Heavenly Empress caught him and sliced him in two with her sword. Later on, the western part of the dragon turned into Yamalike Hill and the eastern turned into Red Hill. The sword turned into the Urumqi River. Oddly enough, topographic pictures tell us the two hills were once one and were separated into two parts due to stratum rupture.
It is also believed that if these two mountains met, Urumqi would turn into a place of vast sea. To press down the mountains and lock the water, two pagodas were set up on the top of two mountains respectively in 53rd year of the Emperor Qianlong of Qing Dynasty (1788). From then on, “the pagoda relieved against the setting sun” become a famous scenic spot of Urumqi. Today the Red Hill is the biggest urban park in Xinjiang.Nowadays,it is built as the Red Hill Park which covers an area of 1.5 sq kilometers.
Nowadays,it is built as a park, the Red Hill Park which covers an area of 1.5 sq kilometers.Modern entertainment facilities and ethnic performances bring a fresh and lively atmosphere to the park. On the peak of the hill, you will have the whole city of Urumqi before your eyes.
Address: No. 40, North 1st Lane, Hongshan Road, Shuimogou District, Urumqi City
Entrance Fee: CNY 0
Tel: 0991-8868656, 0991-8855671