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The oasis (328 feet below sea level) is known as a "Furnace Town". Its summer temperature soars regularly into the 100掳 are particularly interesting for their series of narrow conic karst land forms and spectacular waterfalls.

Main attractions consist of Grape Valley, Flaming Mountain, Emin Minaret, Jiaohe & Gaochang Ancient City Ruins, Astana Ancient Tombs and Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves. Experience the unique Uygur customs, you can also try the sweetest fruits produced at the desert oasis.
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  • Emin Minaret
    Emin Minaret

    Situated 2 km east of Turpan at Muna Village, Emin Minaret is also known as Sugong Minaret. It is designed in a simple Afghani style and was built i ...

  • Flaming Mountain
    Flaming Mountain

    Flaming Mountain was made well know in Chinese literature by the classic novel Journey to the West. The story is about the monk Xuan Zang and his 3 ...

  • Grape Valley
    Grape Valley

    Nestled in the Flaming Mountain, 10 km northeast of Turpan, the Grape Valley runs 8 km from north to south at a width of 0.6-2 km. In the green vall ...

  • Gaochang Ruins
    Gaochang Ruins

    Situated 45 km east of Turpan, Gaochang Ruins was the capital city of ancient Uygur kingdom. First built in the first century BC of Han Dynasty, the ...

  • Karez Irrigation System
    Karez Irrigation System

    Karez Irrigation System was created by ancient Uygur people at the second half of 18th century. It can mainly be found in the area of Turpan, Hami a ...

  • Astana Ancient Tombs
    Astana Ancient Tombs

    Situated 42 km southeast of Turpan (6 km to Gaochang), the graves are the cemetery of the ancient Gaochang residents. 456 tombs have been excavated ...

  • Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves
    Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves

    Located at northwestern side of the Flaming Mountain - 45 km from Turpan, the Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves are complex of Buddhist cave grottos da ...

  • Turpan Museum
    Turpan Museum

    Turpan Museum is located on the road to Gaochang Turpan City, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Completed in 1990, this museum is the second largest ...

Turpan | Food & Restaurants More

The food in Turpan is quite similar to those in Urumqi, including not only the Han's Cantonese, Sichuan cuisines, but Uygur and Muslim specialties. The most popular 'dish' in Turpan should be the grapes and other fruits. The famous Uygur snacks like Kebabs, Nang, hand-picked rice are the staple food for the local people.At downtown of Turpan, there is a local snack street called Guanghui Street (Bezeklik Road), which is the best place to try the local specialties. People can find inexpensive, but delicious, local snacks in a very wide range of selectio ... More

Turpan | Weather & Climate More

Also known as Fire City (Huo Zhou in Chinese), Turpan is possibly the hottest place in China. As it is surrounded by the Gobi desert, the climate here has a typical feature of desert area: dry, hot at the midday of summer, and windy. The yearly average temperature is about 14 degree Celsius (57.2 F), the annual rainfall is merely 16.4 mm, which makes it one of the driest place in the country. The travel season is usually from April to early Oct ... More

Turpan Travel Tips More

Best travel time TurpanTurpan is surrounded by the Gobi desert with a typical climate feature of desert area, with hot, windy and dry summer days; but autumn is the best time to visit Turpan, with comfortable daytime and cool nighttimes; further more, it is also the harvesting time of local fruits like watermelon, grape and Hami melon. Turpan Safety TipsRespect the traditions or habits of local peopleGrapevines and fruit trees area eve present, but the fruit is not free. Don鈥檛 pick fruit from the trellises randomly Turpan Shopping TipsThe grapes and r ... More

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