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Turpan Travel Guide

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Grape in Turpan
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Gaochang Ruins

Turpan in Xianjiang Uygur Autonomous Region is an old city with a long history. The city’s name means ‘the lowest place’ in the Uygur language. Lying in the Turpan Basin, the elevation of most of the places in the area is below 500 meters. Turpan is the city with the lowest elevation in China. Because of its location and altitude, Turpanis the hottest place in China. The annual average temperature is 14 degree centigrade. The days above 40 degree centigrade can last nearly one month.

Though the extremely high temperature are unbearable to most people, the abundant sunshine gives the melons and grapes ideal conditions to grow. The fruit here is widely known for its high sugar content, especially the grapes. Tourists travel to Turpan in August will have the chance to enjoy hundreds of kinds of grapes and other fruits.From late August to early September, the yearly Grape Festival is held to celebrate the harvest of grapes. So August is recommended as the best time to visit Turpan.

Apart from that, the locals are quite fond of sand therapy. People lie or sit under sheds, covering their bodies with thick hot sand about 50C to 60C to treat rheumatism and skin ailments.

Turpan Tours

2 Days Urumqi-Turpan Tour

Doing a 2 days tour to Turpan from Urumqi to have a fast look at the city’s past and present. The Karea Well will tell you how ancient people survived in desert and the Flaming Hill will make you feel the temperature of the hottest place in China’s summer.

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4 Days Turpan & Urumqi Tour

Day 1 Turpan Arrival (Lunch) Upon your arrival in Turpan, our local driver and guide will meet you at train station by holding a welcome board with your name and then transfer to pay a visit to the Karez Well— an amazing irrigation system which made Turpan a rich oasis which i...

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6 Days Silk Road Tour of Urumqi and Turpan

Day 1 Urumqi Arrival (no meals) Our driver and guide will wait for you at the airport terminal exit by holding a welcome sign with your name on it. Then you will be driven to the hotel and have a good rest. The rest of the day is free at your disposal. Accommodation: Urumqi Da...

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7 Days Urumqi &Turpan Tour

Day 1 Urumqi Arrival (No Meals) Our driver and guide will wait for you at the airport terminal exit by holding a welcome sign with your name on it. Then you will be driven to the hotel and have a good rest. The rest of the day is free at your disposal. Accommodation: Urumqi Da...

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Attractions

Gaochang Ruins

At the foot of the Flaming Mountain, about 46 kilometers (about 29 miles) southeast of Turpan lying the Gaochang Ruins. The ancient city of Gaochang, and the ancient city of Jiaohe, which both locates nearby by Turpan City, are the best-preserved ruins of the ancient cities in...

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Flaming Mountain

Flaming Mountain was called Red Stone Mountain in ancient times because of its color. It locates at the north fringe of the Turpan Basin. It is about 98 kilometers long from east to west and 6 to 10 kilometers from north to south, and the major peak has an altitude of about 83...

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Sugong Pagoda

Sugong Pagoda locates at a village which is 2 kilometers east to Turpan city. It is a Muslim building with unique structure. The pagoda is also called as the “Turpan Pagoda” by local residence. It is the largest ancient pagoda exists in Xinjiang. The pagoda was ori...

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Grape Valley

Grape Valley locates 11 kilometers northeast to Turpan. The valley lies beneath the Flaming Mountain and is 8 kilometers long from north to south and 2 kilometers wide from east to west. Inside the valley the Brook River, which has the melt snow from Tianshan Mountain as its w...

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Jiaohe Ancient City

Jiaohe Ruins locates 10 kilometers west of Turpan in a vally with a length of 1,650 meters from east to west and a width of 300 meters at the widest. Jiaohe was the capital of the ancient Cheshi State. An Indian proverb says, 'Intelligence is bound to exist where two river...

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Karez Wells

Karez Well system is the pride of Turpan. Along with the Great Wall and Grand Beijing-Hangzhou Canal it is regarded as the three most important achievements of ancient China. At its peak, this irrigation system exceeded 5,000 km (3,106 miles) and was also referred to as 't...

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