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 earlier site.
The air in Turpan is very dry and weather is very hot so it is ideal for growing grapes. The grapes also tasted especially sweet in this place! That is due to plenty of sunlight and little raindrops. Every year there are 300 tons of raisin produce here.
People called Xinjiang as “The Grape Capital” of China. Grape culture has been existed for several hundred years. When you entered the valley, you will find yourself surrounded by green orchards and vineyards. You also feel very cooling and relaxing atmosphere over here.
If you think the red grapes are sweeter then you are wrong. The seedless white grapes are the most popular one, it is called ‘Wuhebai’ in Chinese. It has the highest sugar content in the world. People in Xinjiang prefer the green than the red one.
Local farmers also make raisins from the grapes in a special drying rooms. It usually takes about one month for the grapes to dry into raisin then get shipped all over China.
The signboard telling visitors not to pluck the grapes. You will see Uyghur language at the signboard too.
Souvenirs stalls in Grapes Valley Turpan
Final thoughts :
You can actually see grapes vineyards everywhere in Turpan Xinjiang, not just in the Grapes Valley. In fact, there are plenty of grapes vineyards outside of where we stayed in our hotel.
It was ashamed that we didn’t get to taste any of the grapes as it was not during grapes harvest season yet. Grapes festival harvest in August. But we managed try out all sort of raisin in Turpan on my next visit at Uyghur’s village.
However, it is still very interesting to see a grape valley in the middle of a hot desert! I guess the agriculture made possible by the Karez system bringing water to the valley!