Red Hill is an iconic landmark of Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang, a land of snow-capped peaks, undulating Gebi desserts, fertile grasslands, mosques, deserted ancient cities, alpine lakes, bazaars, fruit-laden valleys, Yadan landscape and most importantly, warm-hearted and talented ethnicities.
For those who want to take a sweep panorama of Urumqi and immerse into local life, Red Hill is destined to fulfill.
Since the Tang Dynasty (618-907), it has become a holy pilgrimage destination. An imposing Buddhism monastery was erected on its slope, attracting a steady stream of pilgrims to this unassuming hill. In the 18th century, monasteries and temples were built successively at its foot. The Mongols also built “Aobao”: an open-air shrine composed of a heap of stones perched with banners, in the summit of this hill. It is a common sight to see the Mongols get off the horse and pay homage to it.
Red Hill Temple Fair, a grand local event falling in the 15th day of the 4th lunar month, was settled down in the year of 1779.
The statuesque pagoda sits atop of this hill is famous for the striking silhouette it casts against blue sky during sunrise or evening glow.
Admission Fee: Free
Opening Hours: 10:00 to 21:00
Bus Route: 1, 2, 7
Address: Hong Shan Lu, Shayibake District, Urumqi, Xinjiang (沙依巴克区红山路)
Posted by Sophia on Sep 9, 2013