You notice jumpjacks everyhwere!
Which are the richest cities in China? Most people would think of Beijing or Shanghai? No, the richest city in China is Karamay in Xinjiang China. It is 4 hours drive from Urumqi, capital of Xinjiang and just an hour away from Urho Ghost City (100km). After we have done the Ghost City in Urho, we headed to Karamay city to stay for a night.
In the outskirt of Karamay, you see thousands of jumpjacks working non stop at the field. I know it may be common sight for some but it certainly not a common sight for me. It was my second time seeing so many jumpjacks working in the field. The first time I saw these monsters were in California.
Karamay in Uyghur language means “black oil”
Yes, Karamay is an important oil and gas-producing base in Western China also known as “oil city”. Just over 60 years, the city has transformed into a well infrastructure and clean place to live. Imagine many decades ago, Karamay is just uninhabited, not even the minorities live here. Now the majority who lives here are Han, then follow by Hui and Uyghur.
The tour guide told us In Uyghur language, Karamay mean “black oil”.
Bo Da Yin Du Hotel
Bo Da Yin Du Hotel is located in downtown Friendship Road 16. Friendship road and Friendship Bridge are important road and landmark in Karamay city.
I won’t stay this is a 5 stars ranking but in China standard, it is rank as 5 Stars. The hotel get renovated in 2015 but I guess the maintenance is not done well to keep the rooms to the standard. You will notice it in the bathroom.
The bathroom is not spacious but it has all the basic things you need. If you observe the bathroom cabinet, it is kind of ugly and old at the bottom.
We have our dinner buffet in the hotel which cost about RMB 50 per pax, (USD $8.00 or SGD$10.00). There are huge variety of choices to choose from.
First pick up anything you like to BBQ in the fridge and then bring it to the BBQ corner, the chef will help you bbq. It is fresh to eat it that way but then the wait can be quite long. Sometimes other guests may took your BBQ away as there is no numbering system.
BBQ ingredient include variety of seafood and meat, such as fresh prawn, fishes, squid, clams, mussels, mushrooms, crab, Xinjiang skewer sticks, chicken & beef.
Plenty of steam stuff – healthy choice. Steam eggs with goji/wolfberries & clams, steam corns, steam potatoes, steam pumpkin. I don’t eat healthy when I travel. I love all the junk. When I don’t travel, the steam sweet potatoes and steam corns are my daily breakfast.
More steam stuff, buns in different fillings and mushrooms.
Cutes steam buns – looks can be deceiving. So true about this saying and the taste is not up to the standard.
Final thoughts :
The major landform of Karamay is Gobi desert, the soil is barren. Most of the green that grow here are desert shrub. You will notice Karamay people are living a good life and good welfare, obviously benefit from oilfield industry. The transportation such as bus conditions are good, students do not need to pay to hop on the public buses! The streets are very clean and you don’t see litter like in Myanmar. Lamb is one of the favorite here and the speciality is smooth skin dough/ 擀面皮凉皮子.