Kumul (Qumul) or Hami is an oasis city and the seat of Hami Prefecture, eastern Xinjiang, People's Republic of China; it is also the name of a modern city and the surrounding district. It is well known nationally as the home of the famously sweet Hami melons.
Climate in Kumul is a typical arid continental climate of temperate zone. There is a big temperature difference between day and night. So, there is a saying popular here that "people wear fur-lined jacket in the morning and wear very thin clothes in the noon, while in the night, they eat watermelons around a warm stove". In the parts outside the mountainous area, the biggest daily range in a year can reach 26.7 °C, with the highest temperature (extreme) 43.9 °C and the lowest temperature (extreme) -32 °C.
The best seasons for tourists to come to Kumul are July, August and September, namely the late summer and the early autumn. During this period of time, tourists can have a taste of the tasty fruits, appreciate the beautiful natural scenery and get to know about different manners and customs of different ethnics.
There are various kinds of food in Kumul. Tourists can have a taste of specialties of different places including Sichuan cuisine, Cantonese cuisine, Hunan cuisine, western fast food. They can also have delicious food with ethnic characteristics and Western Regions' special tastes in the big restaurants or stalls in Kumul, such as watermelons, great course with both meat and vegetables, thin cakes with mutton, potherb series (mushrooms, Artemisia dracunculus and goldball onion), You Su bread, mutton eaten with hands etc.
Food in the ethnic food area in west Hebanei tastes good. Tourists can bring food materials to the farmhouse-style restaurants of Uygur people in the Huichen County in the south. The night market of Kumul is near Dashizi. Besides, there are other kinds of food that tourists should not miss like the roast meat near bridge factory in the central city, meatball soup on the crossing near the restaurant, mutton soup on the south Jianguo Road, and the special chow mein near the fire station on Bayi Road.
The main attractions in Hami are: White Stone sight spot, Yiwu Diversiform-leaved Poplar forest, Hami Singing Sand Mountains (Mingshashan), Historic site of Ancient Stone House in Lanzhouwanzi, Hami Muslim King’s mansion,Mausoleum of Hami Muslim King, White Poplar Gully Biddhist site, Wupu Ancient Tombs.
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