The Red Hill at the city center is the symbol of Urumqi and a unique and spectacular part of the Urumqi landscape. The hill is made up of impressive red rocks. It stretches 1.5 kilometers from east to west and is 1 kilometer wide.
Less than 1km away, Yamalike Hill stands facing Red Hill. Legend has it that in ancient times a red dragon fled from Heavenly Lake and the Heavenly Empress caught him and sliced him in two with her sword. Later on, a hill was formed by each half of the dragon. The western hill is Yamalike Hill and the eastern one is 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.
An interesting legend says that in the ancient times, a red dragon escaped from the Heavenly Lake and the Heavenly Empress caught it here and split it into two parts. Each part of the body formed a hill, the Red Hill and the Yamalike Hill and the sword became the Urumqi River.
The legend has its source in reality. According to aeriel photos, the two hills were originally one entirety. They were divided into two bodies due to the geographical earth movement.
Today, Red Hill has been developed into the beautiful Red Hill Park. Modern entertainment facilities and ethnic performances bring a fresh and lively atmosphere to the park. On the peak of Red Hill, you will have the whole city of Urumqi before your eyes!
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