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
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 fun.
When we wanted to take the night train to Kucha, the train did not even leave the station. Later we were told, that due to a sandstorm the route was closed. Only a few month before a train derailed with many injured people. Some people even died in this accident. So now the train officials are very cautious. After some discussions, what to do, we decided to go by bus to Kucha. This was not as dangerous as the trainride, as the road is pretty good and takes another route.
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.
Though they once were as famous as the Mogao caves, there is not much left nowadays in Bezeklik caves due to pillage made by European archaeologists , specially by Albert von Le Coq who who took most of the murals and sculptures to Berlin. Most of them were destroyed there during WWII.