We left Urumqi early in the morning, went Tian Shan first then move into Gurbantunggut Desert, also the second largest desert in China after Taklimakan Desert. Then stopped by Dahuangshan Expressway a little and shoot pictures of Fire Mountain.
Fire Mountain /火烧山 vs Flaming Mountain / 火焰山
Fire Mountain is different from Turpan’s Flaming Mountain. Flaming Mountain is famous for it high temperature (up to 80’c) and it’s “Journey to the West story” but Fire Mountain is famous for it mountain color, that is reddish. If you look around you see no other colors than reddish.
Xinjiang Coal Factory
Opposite of where we stopped is the coal factory. Glad to have spotted one of huge coal factory during my trip in Xinjiang. Xinjiang contains more than 150 billion tonnes of resources, making it one of China’s largest under-developed coal provinces.
The biggest feature of Fire Mountain
The biggest feature of Fire Mountain is that many small hills are composed of red and orange rocks. The color is bright and the texture is hard. The entire hilly area is reddish especially under the hot sun.
Why it is so red?
The rock of Fire Mountain is actually not red, it is baked into red due to the combustion of the underlying coal seam. The rocks here are all bare and almost no green if you look around, quite a unique landform for tourist attraction.
Final thoughts :
We did not really walk into the Fire Mountain but just had a brief stop. Took few pictures across the street. Opposite of the Fire Mountain is the coal factory. Glad I have seen one of the coal factories as Xinjiang is famous for its natural resources. There are about 122 minerals that have been discovered in Xinjiang, the biggest province in China, also one of the richest.