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    Grapes downtown sheltering the streets
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Turpan Things to Do

  • Tuyoq Valley

    There are several reasons for making a visit to the Tuyoq valley from Turpan.Firstly, it is a beautiful drive through the Flaming Mountains (assuming there are no mudslides en route).Secondly, there is a mosque that is considered particularly holy owing to a legend about a group of pious Muslims who took refuge in the caves (a visit is considered...

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  • Astana

    This Tang dynasty burial ground is where important individuals from nearby Gaochang (see separate tip) are buried.There are three tombs open to visitors. One contains the mummified bodies of a man and a woman; the second has wall paintings of ducks, pheasants, peacocks etc. indicating that the deceased was from another part of China, as some of...

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  • Jiaohe

    The ruins of Jiaohe are situated on a rocky outcrop between 2 rivers. As we crossed a bridge to enter the site, we saw some ducks paddling in the inch or two of water of one of the ‘rivers’. The ruins are every eerie, almost like an alien planet, and date from the Tang period, although the city lasted until the Yuan dynasty. The streets and...

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  • Gaochang

    The city of Gaochang was founded in the 2nd century BC, and by the 7th century AD it had become the capital of the Kingdom of Gaochang.It is a very large site, of which not much that is recognisable remains (and it is very hot in summer) so most visitors take a donkey taxi ride to a partly-restored Buddhist temple in the centre.

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  • Flaming Mountains

    These mountains are so called because of their red colour, which is supposed to make them look as if they are on fire when the sun catches them at a certain time of day. Even when the sun is not in the right position, they are still fairly red, and look particularly stunning in contrast with the blue of the sky and the green of the vegetation in...

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  • Su Gong Ta Mosque and Emin Minaret

    Su Gong Ta Mosque is one of the largest mosques in Xinjiang. The grand mosque can accommodate 1000 people. The circular Emin Minaret and the square mosque are in sharp contrast without losing harmony.Emin Minaret was build in 1777 with clay bricks. The 44-meter high minaret has no stories. From the base with a diameter of 10 meters, the minaret...

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Turpan Hotels

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  • Jiaotong Hotel

    No.230 West Laocheng Rd., Turpan, Xinjiang Uygur, 838000, China

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

  • Tuha Petroleum Hotel

    No.230 Wenhua Road, Turpan, Xinjiang Uygur, 838000, China

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Solo

  • Grand Turpan

    No.422 Gao Chang Road, Turpan, Xinjiang Uygur, 838000, China

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Families

Turpan Restaurants

  • Street Food

    Two little girls and their father seem to run this place on the corner just past the main section of the goods market/bazaar. They are to the right on the corner, where you'll see a large wok of plov (pilaf) and a lot of samsa. The food's quite good, but even better is the family who runs it.The two little girls will probably serve you, while the...

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  • Eat at the streets!

    While walking around the local markets, you will find many food vendors, offering varied fried things and food to take away. I tried a few of them and all were delicious and really really cheap... though I never got to know what exactly was I eating, LOL!!!

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Turpan Nightlife

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    I am usually not very fond of these local folklore shows for tourists, but there was really not much more to do at night in Turpan, and it was included on the tour, so there we went. The show was not bad, and the place was nice and cool on the hot Turpan summer night. We had a nice time after all...

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Turpan Transportation

  • Trains

    The trains from Urumqi to Kashgar, Urumqi to Lanzhou (and Xi'an, Beijing) are stopping in Turpan. Actually the trainstation is not directly located in Turpna but about 1 hours busdrive away. When I was there (June 2007) trains did not go to Kashgar due to a sandstorm. But in the night, while we were still in the train, we could hear all the...

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  • Bus

    There are many buses giong in all directions from Turpan. We saw a lot of socalled "sleeping busses". This busses have two storeys of beds. They also go in daytime. I think it very uncomfortable to be in such a bus during daytime: you cannot sit and look outside, but have to lie all the time.The bus station is at Lao Cheng Lu 27 (tel....

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  • Road from Turpan to Kucha

    The road from Turpan to Kucha (Kuqa) is pretty good. It first passes a gorge through Tianshan Baiyanggou, which looks very spectacular. On the walls of the gorge the sand from Taklamakan Desert builds some dunes. After passing this gorge the road (it is a real highway) passes the city of Korla. When I saw Korla first time in 1992 Korla was a small...

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  • Local markets

    You can find a couple of local street markets in Turpan. Even tough you are not willing to buy, take a walk around the market to discover the local life and activity. First hour in the morning is the best time, as it is the hours when the market is more active.

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  • Haute couture

    This women's clothes shop seemed from outside anything but a women's clothes shop. No windows, no clothes shown from outside.... but the hand painted sign indicated there could be something there, so we went in.Not too bad, interesting inside, though we finally didn't buy any pret-a-porter made in Xinjiang!

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Turpan Local Customs

  • Local Dances

    Some of the restaurants show local dances. The Uygur music is very much like Turkish music and also the dances resemble dances I have seen in Turkey. When we had dinner in a restaurant near Oasis Hotel we saw this little girl dancing for us. The girl was 7 years old and people told us, that she is going to school. But it was summerholidays. Some of...

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  • Muslim architecture (Part 2)

    Besides the external view, the architecture of the internal portions of some of the buildings are also very impressive.

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Turpan Warnings and Dangers

  • Visiting Turpan in summer 2008?

    Turpan is going under a major overhaul at the moment - if you visit in summer 2008 expect dusty rebuilding of all the roads, and the Turpan Museum is closed and being moved to another location - scheduled to reopen in early August

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  • Sandstorm

    The heat and the location in the depression of Turpan are often the reasons, that 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 do not go in storms, Sandstorms are a big handicap for tourists: no sight and going out in a sandstorm is no...

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  • Thousand Buddha Grottoes of Beziklik

    It is stricly forbidden to take pics inside the caves! There are people watching every step you do and you'll be heavily fined for taking pics! But anyway the caves are dark and the murals can only be seen with difficulty.

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Turpan Tourist Traps

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    Clever Chinese businessmen make money out of nothing or out of desert and sand:

    You'll see Flaming Mountain on the way to the Thousand Buddha Grottoes of Beziklik. A Chinese business man has now turned the best spot for taking fotos into a main attraction, where visitors have to pay entrance fee for taking pics.

    Be careful, when you see nice ladies in traditional dress, or camels: they are normally dressed so that tourists can take a picture with them. and of course this cost some money!

    Flaming Mountain Foto Spot Gaochang Foto Camels
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Turpan What to Pack

  • Kitaro's "Silk Road" music

    Silk Road is the soundtrack for the documentation of the japanese TV channel NHK made by japanese musician Kitaro.I saw the TV series and fell in love with the music, so I brought along the CD with me and played it while visiting the old cities ruins. I think is one of the best soundtracks for this landscapes...

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  • Kitaro's "Silk Road" music

    Silk Road is the soundtrack for the documentation of the japanese TV channel NHK made by japanese musician Kitaro.I saw the TV series and fell in love with the music, so I brought along the CD with me and played it while visiting the old cities ruins. I think is one of the best soundtracks for this landscapes...

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  • Packing List

    Wear good hiking shoes, if you're walking around the ancient cities you're going to be doing some hilly terain. This is a good idea anywhere in China, actually, there's always a lot to see and the best way is by foot or bike. Bring a hat or buy one there to block the sun and stay cool. Also, if you're going to wear shorts have some kind of wrap...

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Turpan Off The Beaten Path

  • Turpan Museum

    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...

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  • Grape Valley and Raisin Houses

    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...

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  • The Turpan Secondary School

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

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  • Sightseeing

    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 MountainBeziklik Thousand Buddha GrottoesGaochangAstana NecropolisIn the evening: Emin MinaretDay 2:JiaoheKarezBazaarMuseumPlease consider that you cannot do much sightseeing during...

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  • Climate

    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...

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  • History

    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...

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