Shopping in Urumqi
The Grand Bazaar (aka Erdaoqiao) is a great place not only for regional specialty items, but also has many goods from nearby countries such as Russia and Mongolia. It is a popular tourist destination although somewhat of a tourist trap these days. However, the surrounding area is the heart of the Uyghur community and makes visiting worthwhile.
Imported delicacies can be found at the Youhao supermarket in the basement of the Tianshan Shopping Center, located across from the People's Square.A number of stores selling outdoor gear, camping supplies etc. can be found on Renmin Lu, east of Nanmen.
Hualin is a huge trade complex selling almost anything you can think of. Shangmao Cheng is a similar huge bazaar in the south of the city.
Please beware pickpockets and watch your possessions carefully.