Journey to the West : Flaming Mountains in Turpan Xinjiang 西游记火焰山

Journey to the West : Flaming Mountains in Turpan Xinjiang 西游记火焰山

The Flaming Mountains of Turpan are located in the Tian Shan Mountain range in China’s Xinjiang province. These mountains lie to the east of the city of Turpan, which is located on the northeastern rim of the Taklamakan Desert.

Journey to the West : Flaming Mountains in Turpan Xinjiang 西游记火焰山

This is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Turpan Xinjiang. Beware of the burn in this area. The Flaming Mountain is famous for it high temperature and the color of the mountain – ‘red” so it is also known as Red Mountain. The temperature can go as high as 80 degree Celsius!

Journey to the West : Flaming Mountains in Turpan Xinjiang 西游记火焰山

Flaming Mountains Museum

There is a museum in Flaming Mountains, you will see story of “Journey to the West” and all the characters such as Monkey King, Pig and Monk are shown at the wall of the museum.

Journey to the West : Flaming Mountains in Turpan Xinjiang 西游记火焰山

Flaming Mountain is famous for a classical novel named ‘Journey to the West’ by Ming Dynasty writer, Wu Cheng’en that described the experiences and adventures of a Buddhist monk Xuanzang who was accompanied by three apprentices with magical powers traveled to India in 627 CE. In the novel, one of the three apprentices Monkey King stirred up trouble in the Heaven Palace and kicked over one furnace used for making immortality pills making charcoals fell off the sky scattering around the Turpan Basin where the Flaming Hill now situated.

Journey to the West : Flaming Mountains in Turpan Xinjiang 西游记火焰山

Journey to the West : Flaming Mountains in Turpan Xinjiang 西游记火焰山

A giant thermometer

There is a giant thermometer also look like the Monkey King’s Ruyi Jingu Bang can be found in this site, attracting a number of tourists around the world.

Once you are out from the museum, you see no birds flying at the top of the Flaming Mountains.  It was early morning but I can already feel the intense heat.  You could feel the burning sensation when you walked under the sun.  There is also not a single plant can be spotted in this area!

Journey to the West : Flaming Mountains in Turpan Xinjiang 西游记火焰山

Few bronze statues of Journey to the West, such as Iron Fan Princess, Bull Demon King and Monkey King are found.  Excited tourists gathered near these bronze statues, touching them and take pictures.

Journey to the West : Flaming Mountains in Turpan Xinjiang 西游记火焰山

Journey to the West : Flaming Mountains in Turpan Xinjiang 西游记火焰山

Several tourist traps, such as camel ride, donkey ride & 4 wheels motorcycle ride.

Journey to the West : Flaming Mountains in Turpan Xinjiang 西游记火焰山

Journey to the West : Flaming Mountains in Turpan Xinjiang 西游记火焰山

Journey to the West : Flaming Mountains in Turpan Xinjiang 西游记火焰山

Flaming Mountains Ride is packed with tourists during China public holiday and China school holiday.  When the place is crowded, it is very hard to shoot a decent picture.

Journey to the West : Flaming Mountains in Turpan Xinjiang 西游记火焰山

This dog in Flaming Mountains is having a bath!

Journey to the West : Flaming Mountains in Turpan Xinjiang 西游记火焰山

Final Thoughts :

Come here early to avoid the crowd and heat.  Another thing to note is avoid public holiday in China.  There is not much thing in Flaming Mountains site, the only interesting thing is the world largest thermometer which looks like the Monkey King’s weapon – Ruyi Jingu Bang.  The Flaming Mountains look pretty much the same as any other mountains that I have seen in other part of the world.  Yes, one thing is different, you do feel the intense heat in Flaming Mountain.  After all, this is the largest, driest and hottest desert in China. I was glad to be here to experience the heat for an hour.  Do not stay too long and drink plenty of water is my advise to you.

Journey to the West : Flaming Mountains in Turpan Xinjiang 西游记火焰山

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25 Replies to “Journey to the West : Flaming Mountains in Turpan Xinjiang 西游记火焰山”

    1. Many Chinese people local or around the world who learn about Journey to the West would be very interested to find out the Flaming Mountain despite the heat. Most came here just to check out how hot is this place!

  1. Wow! What an amazing place to travel. China really is a big country with a vast culture in their history.

    1. Dear Geraline,
      China is one of the world’s most fascinating travel destinations, both for a look into its past and for a chance to ponder its future. You take month to explore this vast country. I have been to China for multiple times and I still not have finish exploring this vast land.

  2. This is such a great review, I haven’t been to Xinijiang but from the looks is that this is very far from the city. China has a long long history.

    1. Dear Diana,
      Flaming Mountains are named because in the evenings the red clay mountains reflect the heat and glow of the desert and seem to burn. Also the heat is quite intense during its peak!

  3. it definitely looks like a spectacular place to visit! 80 degrees, I can’t imagine how someone can bear so much heat, wow! It’s amazing for a place that’s in the desert to have mountains.

  4. I never really thought about going to China before, it looks beautiful though. May need to add it to my want to do list.

  5. It looks like an incredible experience to have. China is truly beautiful and it’s great you got to experience it all.

    1. Dear Amy,
      It was an incredible experience, to feel the heat in Flaming mountains. Beware of the heat and come early to avoid crowd and temperature is not at its highest in the morning.

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