China : Xinjiang Ancient Ecological Park boost Akhal-teke Horse / 汗血宝马

Xinjiang Ancient Ecological Park is a scenic area invested and founded by Xinjiang Yema Cultural Development. Established in 2005, this park covers an area of 200 mu. Most visitors are locals. The park gathers rare and precious natural relics and cultural essence of the ancient Silk Road : Akhal-teke Horse Base, Ancient Petrified Woods, Millenium …

The Richest City in China : Karamay Xinjiang & Bo Da Yin Du Hotel Review 克拉玛依 & 博达银都酒店

You notice jumpjacks everyhwere! Which are the richest cities in China? Most people would think of Beijing or Shanghai? No, the richest city in China is Karamay in Xinjiang China. It is 4 hours drive from Urumqi, capital of Xinjiang and just an hour away from Urho Ghost City (100km). After we have done the …

Xinjiang : Urho Ghost City & Karamay Oilfield 新疆魔鬼城 & 克拉玛依油田

Ghost City in China Vs Ghost Town in US Ghost City in Xinjiang is different from the Ghost Town in the western country such as the Ghost Town I went last winter in California, Calico Ghost Town. Calico Ghost Town is an abandoned old mining town. The recent Ghost City which I explored is situated …

Xinjiang : Dabancheng Town : 达坂城的姑娘 – “The girl from Dabancheng” Town

Journey to Turpan – Urumqi via Dabancheng From our journey from Turpan to Urumqi, we passed by Dabancheng. This little town is famous for one of it folk songs called – “The girl from Dabancheng”/达坂城的姑娘.   This is  a Uyghur song which was sang for more than 70 years.  Originally it was in Uyghur language but …

China Silk Road : Xinjiang – Turpan Hotel Review : Maxirap le Grand Large Hotel & Xinjiang Food Review

Our first stop in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region is Turpan. There are in total 5 autonomous regions in China (Guangxi, Inner Mongolia, Tibet, Ningxia, Xinjiang).  The other rest are called provinces, such as Gansu province which we traveled for the past few days. An autonomous region has its own local government, but has more legislative rights. Autonomous …

Xinjiang: Experience Uyghur Culture & Raisin Tasting at Uyghur village, Turpan.

Today we are visitng Uyghur Village in Turpan. Hoping to learn some of the Uyghur culture and lifestyle at their home. Who are the Uyghur? Uyghurs are one of the minority group in China out of the 56 groups.  However there are very big population of Uyghur in Xinjiang Autonomous Region, China. The Uyghur are …

Xinjiang :Grape Valley in the middle of Hot Desert Turpan! 吐鲁番葡萄沟

Grape Valley is located on the west side of Flaming Mountain. After visiting Flaming mountain in the early morning, next to visit is Grape Valley. When we were in Flaming Mountain, there is not a single tree found but once we drove away from Flaming Mountain, you see lush greenery which is total contrast from …

Silk Road China : World Largest Ruins in Xinjiang ! Lost Kingdom of Yar – Jiaohe / 交河故城

Unesco World Heritage Site Jiaohe Ruins is one of the important archaeological site in Yarnaz Valley, 10 km west of Turpan in Xinjiang China. The ruins are located along the Silk Road and best preserved ancient city in the world, a Unesco World Heritage Site.  If you are in Xinjiang, this would be the number …

Silk Road China Xinjiang : Karez Well at Turpan – 2000 Years Old Water System

Karez mean Well in Uyghur Language Karez Well in Turpan is one of the famous construction projects in ancient China. The reason of building Karez Well in Turpan was because of the local natural geographical conditions. The word Karez means “well” in the local Uyghur language. Why Built Karez Well in Turpan? The temperature in …

Silk Road China Xinjiang : Emin Minaret at Turpan – Uyghur Islamic Architecture

Turpan in Xinjiang is one of the important cities for Ancient Silk Road. Luckily it is still able to preserve several monuments of ancient Uyghur architecture. Emin Minaret is just one of them.  We were here in the morning and luckily the crowd was not too bad yet. Also known as  (Su Gong Ta / …