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    Turpan Museum

    by nepalgoods Written Jul 27, 2007

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    Astana Tombs

    Turpan Museum is a small local museum, which most people skip, when visiting Turpan. But I recommend ot visit. Bets way to visit is to take a tourguide with you. I was very lucky, that I had an expert tourguide with me, who showed me aorund in the museum. Unfortunately all exhibits are described in Chinese.

    The exhibits show finds from the excavations at Gaochang, Jiaohe and other places. There is also a collection of mummies form the Astana tombs.

    Other reasons, why I like the museum: as most museums in China it is a quiet place, no visitors, aircondition. The atmosphere is like in a church: solemn quiete a place, to escape the heat and the dust.

    It is located on Gaochang Road, easily can reached by a short walk from Oasis Hotel

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    Grape Valley and Raisin Houses

    by nepalgoods Written Jul 27, 2007

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    As Turpan is mainly inhabitatet by Muslim people (Uygur) the wine, that is grown in and around Turpan, is not grown for the making of wine but for producing raisins. Turpan raisins are very sweet and a speciality which people know and cherish all over China.

    You can see strange looking houses between the fields of grapes. This structure are made to dry the grapes into raisins. The holes in the wall have the prupose to let the wind into the room and circulate.

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    Around Turpan

    by Madmaxola Written Feb 16, 2004
    a valley

    If you leave the center of the city, with it's chinese style "bizarro-world" architecture, you can actually find some Uighur rural farm style houses. These are mostly complexes with a large central gate, the walls mad from mud-brick. The farm area reminds me more of western style agriculture for some reason This is where the grapes grow in the summer, and many houses have vines growing over the porch/front yard area.
    It would be fun to walk up the tree lined roads in the summer and see it all.

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    Buildings For Drying Grapes

    by aukjejetty Updated Apr 11, 2003
    A Grape-Dry Building

    Around Turpan in the area of the grape valleys you can see these buildings. They use them to make raisins in. The raisins are made naturaly. No machine is needed to make them. They just put the fresh seedless or other grape in it, after some days
    you can enjoy the world famous Turpan natural raisins. We got to taste some at a grapevalley, delicious!

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    Make time to see the REAL...

    by bokononist Written Aug 29, 2002

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    Make time to see the REAL grape valley, not the fake one designed for the tourists. You can talk to some of the farmers there and they'll likely invite you in to see how they live - this is outside a farmer's house, where they sleep and eat under vines in the summer.

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    The Turpan Secondary School

    by victorwkf Written Mar 21, 2004

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    School in Turpan, China

    During morning, the area surrounding the Turpan secondary school is very crowded with students going to school.

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    Traditional dances

    by victorwkf Updated Jul 12, 2003

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    You should watch the traditional dances in Turpan by the local people. Very graceful, smooth with colourful costumes.

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    Water Comes

    by o00o Updated Mar 4, 2003

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    With water comes an abundance of fruit, particularly melons, apricots and grapes. Grapes grow so well here that they provide shade for the city center streets.

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    Several ancient sites in the...

    by o00o Written Sep 17, 2002

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    Several ancient sites in the region attract enough visitors to make the tourist industry a major source of income. Prices are very reasonable however.

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    The local population is...

    by o00o Written Sep 17, 2002

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    The local population is overwhelmingly Uighur and Muslim. Consequently they use all those grapes to make raisins instead of wine.

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