Turpan, “the western aspect of China”

The city is situated on the north-central Uygur of Xinjiang, northwest China. It is located almost 112 miles southeast of the city Urumqi (3 hours by train), on the northern border of the deep depression between the Bogda Mountains. It is very difficult to get to this remote place; the best suggestion is to book […]

The city is situated on the north-central Uygur of Xinjiang, northwest China. It is located almost 112 miles southeast of the city Urumqi (3 hours by train), on the northern border of the deep depression between the Bogda Mountains. It is very difficult to get to this remote place; the best suggestion is to book a tour through China Tours.

The city of Turpan differs from other Chinese cities for its desert landscape due to the dry climate where temperatures that can easily reach the 40-45 degree C. Moreover the city is the second lowest level under the sea (154 meters) increasing the level of dryness and drought of the area. For this reason locals have developed the “karez”, an irrigation method made of well linked undergrounds channels that leads the water along the place. The destination is home of the hottest place in China such The Flaming Mountain, also famous for the classic Chinese Mythological novel, Journey to the West. The location with its dry climate is perfect to cultivate grapes in order to produce principally raising and wine. Tourists who would like to accommodate in Turpan, can book at the Tuha Petroleum Hotel, a five stars hotel with all the facilities including internet connection, for accommodations also check China hotels.

Travelling to Turpan, holidaymakers shouldn’t miss the Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves. Briefly the 57 caves remaining (out of the 83 original caves) standing on a precipice just beside the Flaming mountain make the landscape absolutely unique. The Caves contain 1,200 meter murals date back the 13th century helping visitors to understand the past glory of the Buddha, indeed the caves were center of Buddhist Gaochang. Another important historical background sits 15 miles away from Turpan visiting the Jiaohe Ancient city. The latter was built during the western dynasty, but still today is possible to revive that part of history thanks Jiaohe’s ruins, one of the town of the past existing Silk Road. Within the city of Turpan is also possible to visit the Highest minaret in China which has been dedicated to the Emin Khoja one of the Turpan general in 1777.

However tourists being located in the middle of an arid area such Turpan, can be surprised by the green landscape offered by the Grape valley that it can be found at the western foot of the flaming Mountains. The grape valley represents an Oasis in the middle of the Turpan Depression (locally called “the oven”). The grape cultivation in this area it is made possible by a more humid climate covering an area of more than 200 acres. The cultivation of grape has become a tradition among the area that has been handed down for more than 2,000 years. The area also encourages the cultivations of other fruits such as, apricots, peaches, watermelons, apple and pears. However the grape valley is not only about cultivations, but it has become a must-see attraction as tourists are welcomed by traditional dressed locals (Uygurs) and able to purchase wine and fresh fruits just picked from fields. For further information it is recommended to visit the China Travel webpage.

Wonderful China Travel: Just for You

On October 15, 2010, in Cool Places, Cultural Experience, Shanghai, by Jack Li

Wonderful! It’s time for you to have china travel, to enjoy the ancient culture in Xi’an, to appreciate the modern and prospect city Beijing, to feel the peaceful and beautiful scenery in Guangxi, to find more wonderful travel experience, just join our China Tours. For most visitors who come to China for the first time, […]

Wonderful! It’s time for you to have china travel, to enjoy the ancient culture in Xi’an, to appreciate the modern and prospect city Beijing, to feel the peaceful and beautiful scenery in Guangxi, to find more wonderful travel experience, just join our China Tours.

For most visitors who come to China for the first time, the best option for your travel in China is the Multi-City Tours, it means that you travel to several cities at the same time and along the travel routes you have made. It’s better that these cities are not very apart from each other, and be sure that the routes will give you a pleasant trip. In the following passage, I will give you some options for Multi-City Tours.

Mystery of Silk Road—the whole route is Beijing to Xi’an to Dunhuang to Turfan. During this travel, you can experience of world’s oldest and most historically important trade routes and its influences on the culture of China, Asia and the West. Trace the footprints of ancient Silk Road from Xi’an to Kashgar discovering the gems in China.

The most amazing attractions are followed:

The Mogao Grottoes, also known as the Caves of A Thousand Buddhas, are set into a cliff wall of the Singing Sand Mountains about 25km southeast of Dunhuang, the oasis city in the Gobi desert. The 3 or 4 tier grottoes extend 1.6 kilometers. According to historical records, the Mogao Grottoes were carved in 366 AD. There are 492 grottoes in existence with some 45,000 square meters of murals, and 415 painted clay figures. It represents the height of Buddhist art and the world’s richest treasure house of Buddhist sutras, murals and sculptures.
The vaults or pits containing Qin Shihuang’s Terracotta Army are located about 40 km east of Xian. This army of more than 6,000 life size terracotta warriors, with horses and chariots lined up facing east and ready for battle, is one of the world’s most remarkable archaeological finds. The terracotta warriors were made for Qin Shihuang also known as The First Emperor, and with his mausoleum lying only 1.5km, (0.9 miles) away it is assumed the army was made to accompany him on his journeys after death.

The Grape Valley is at the western foot of the Flaming Mountains, between the township of Turpan and the mountains. Grape Valley and the nearby city of Turpan are an oasis in the Turpan Depression which is one of the hottest place on earth due it’s altitude of more than a hundred of meters below sea level and supplied by melting snow water from the hills around by the ancient Karez irrigation system. The valley is dense with grape vines and various fruit trees. Despite the extreme heat, especially during the summer when the tempetures can reach over 45 ° during in Turpan, the Grape Valley, an eight kilometer long and half a kilometer wide oasis remains cool and humid. Historically the grape, melon and many other fruit growin and wine production in and around Turpan goes back over 2,000 years. The grapes are grown on trellised walkways, that in July to August, are heavily laden with large bunches of grapes. The valley produces the famous seedless white grape, and red and black grapes later in the season. The grape growing covers about 220 hectares and peaches, apricots, apples, pears, watermelons and melons are also grown in abundance.

Do not worry about the transportation; you can go on your travel by China Flights, it will give you more convenience and make sure you have a comfortable and pleasant trip.

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