Anyway, in the department stores, the basement floor is usually the supermarket. I LOVE going to the supermarket in different countries because you can tell so much about the cuisine and culture from watching what is displayed and what people are buying. Like in London- I will never forget the entire aisles of cheddar cheese and baked beans. So here there is a lot of preserved/dried foods: dried fish (Urumqi is the farthest city in the world from an ocean), dried shrimp and shellfish, dried meats, dried mushrooms, dried fruits, preserved ginger, and many more ingredients that I could not identify. We also saw live toads, turtles and fish in huge aquariums (Vivi loved that!! Más ranas mami??). One food that both Toñito and Vivi love are the yogurt drinks- these portable smoothies are perfect for snacks so we bought plenty.
For a late lunch we went to a nearby restaurant with local food. We had lamb noodle soup, fried rice, sauteed eggplant, sauteed zucchini, beef with onions, and then a sweet rice dish with dried fruit and pumpkin. In the middle of the dinner Toñito was unhappy about something, and Toño had to take him back to the hotel where he was creally upset and crying for about an hour, finally falling asleep.
Views from our hotel room in Urumqi on the 23rd floor: