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    Sightseeing

    by nepalgoods Updated Jul 27, 2007

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    Entrance at Jiaohe

    Favorite thing: For your visit to Tupran I recommend the following day tours and combinations of visiting the most important places. You'll need at least 2 - 3 days:

    Day 1:
    Flaming Mountain
    Beziklik Thousand Buddha Grottoes
    Gaochang
    Astana Necropolis
    In the evening: Emin Minaret

    Day 2:
    Jiaohe
    Karez
    Bazaar
    Museum

    Please consider that you cannot do much sightseeing during noon, as it is much to hot.

    Opening hours for all this places are mainly 9:00 to 17:30 (Beijing Time). Entrance fees are about 20 to 40 Yuan for each spot.

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    • Museum Visits

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    Climate

    by nepalgoods Updated Jul 27, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Turpan is a hot city: very hot indeed! You have to expect about 40° Centigrade from June to September. It is a very continental dry climate. But from November till February temperatures drop until far below zero!

    The heat and the location in this depression also are the reasons, tthat many storms appear in Turpan-Area. Between Urumqi and Turpan is one of the biggest windmills of the world. But this storms can also cause problems. Trains donot go in storms, Sandstorms are a big handicap for tourists: no sight and going out in a sandstorm is no fun.

    Dispite of the storm and the heat it was nice to be in Turpan in June. It must have rained a bot before we arrived: the trees and plants were all green and blooming.

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    History

    by nepalgoods Written Jul 26, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Today's Turpan is the center of a big oasis on the north route of silkroad. This fertile area has been attractive to merchants with their caravans and nomads with their herds. Since more than 2000 years have been settlements in this oasis. You'll find the remains of big cities and glorious past around modern Turpan: the ruins of Gaochang, which had been a prosperous city during the Tang-Dynasty, and of Jiaohe, and also the famous Thousand Buddha Caves of Beziklik. In an old graveyard near Gaochang archaeologists excavated hundreds of 2000 year old tomkbs. Some with nice frescoes, some with well preserved mummies.

    Now Turpans has about 300000 inhabitants. It is a pleasant and quiet city with broad streets and not many highrise buildings.

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    Geographie

    by nepalgoods Written Jul 26, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Turpan is located in one of the deepest places of the earth. Nearby Aydinkol Lake is about 154m below sealevel. Turpan is an old oasis in the north of Taklamakan Desert. The water from Tianshan Mountains makes this area very fertile. In the heat of the desert grapes are grown for the production of raisins.

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    Turfan - Turpan

    by nepalgoods Written Jul 26, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Here on VT you find this famous oasis, which is located in Xinjiang Uygur Automomous Province, under the name of TURPAN. In Germany and in many guide books the name TURFAN is more common. It is just a difference in the correct transcripption of this old Uygur name. The official Chinese Pinyin Transcription is TU LU FAN, as no Han Chinese person could pronounce Turpan correctly.

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    Strange stuff in the markets

    by SirRichard Written Nov 22, 2004

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    A Chinese at the market

    Favorite thing: I have always loved those popular Asian street markets, where you can find unknown fragrant impossible things, roots, plants, dried animals...
    Here in Turpan you have a mix of chinese stuff and muslim bazaars, as this area is a border between these 2 worlds.

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    Lost cities of the Silk Road

    by SirRichard Written Nov 22, 2004

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    Gaochang

    Favorite thing: Being an important stop on the Silk Road caravans trail and the last frontier against the "northern tribes", this part of China has always been of startegical importance and mant defensive and civil structures have been built here.
    Most of them are gone forever, but you can still see the remains of some as Gaochang, Jiaohe...

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    • Architecture
    • Archeology

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    Amazing landscapes

    by SirRichard Written Nov 22, 2004

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    Black landscape

    Favorite thing: If you like desertic landscapes, Turpan is one of the most amazing places I have visited. The Takla Makan desert offer a great variety of arid landscapes with the gorgeous background of the Flaming Mountains in the horizon line.

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    • Desert
    • Road Trip
    • Hiking and Walking

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    Goats

    by victorwkf Written Mar 21, 2004

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    Goats in Turpan, China

    Favorite thing: Goats are very important in Turpan, in fact in the whole region of central Asia in general. As such, you will see these animals everywhere in Turpan. You should try eating the delicious mutton dishes while in Turpan and other parts of Xinjiang.

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    Ancient Cities

    by dahcky Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Ruins of the Ancient City of Jiaohe

    About 10 kilometers west of Turpan County, Jiaohe was a strategically important city on the ancient Silk Road that travelers must pass through. Ancient City of Gaochang

    Situated at the foot of the Flaming Mountains, Gaochang was founded in the first century B.C. and abandoned by the end of the 13th century

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    Astana Ancient Tombs

    by dahcky Updated Feb 5, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Astana Ancient Tombs, situated about 40 kilometers to the southeast of Turpan, used to serve as the cemetery of the citizens of Gaochang from 273 in the Western Jin Dynasty to 778 in the Tang Dynasty.

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    In Turpan, wander around the...

    by bokononist Written Aug 29, 2002

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    Favorite thing: In Turpan, wander around the bazaar and talk to as many people as you can. They don't get a lot of foreigners in those parts and will be happy to talk to you, particularly if you just say hello in Uigher.

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    o00o's General Tip

    by o00o Written Sep 17, 2002

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    Fondest memory: They are mentioned by that name as a formidable obstacle to cross in the classic novel 'Journey to the West' relating Xuan Zang's quest of Buddhist scriptures in the 7th century. The Bezeklik caves are in a gorge on the other side of this mountain.

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    Where do they store and dry the grapes?

    by victorwkf Written Mar 21, 2004

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    Grape storage in Turpan, China

    Favorite thing: Well, the grapes in Turpan are usually stored and dried in the areas in the photo after harvesting, which is on top of buildings.

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    More grapes ....

    by victorwkf Written Mar 21, 2004

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    Grape vines in Turpan, China

    Favorite thing: In fact, you can see grape vines hanging on the walkways, shelters etc of Turpan. There are grapes everywhere !

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