Turpan is one of the important city along Silk Road, located in Xinjiang. It is quite a unique city which is located in the Turpan Basin at the depth of 154 m below sea level, surrounded by deserts and mountains. Turpan is also the hottest city in China and also the driest places in the world. These are the top 6 attractions to see in Turpan.
There is a world largest thermometer which is also Monkey King’s weapon – Ruyi Jingu Bang at the museum in Flaming Mountain. Check this out as it is still a working thermometer. If you come in summer, the heat can go up to 80’c. Please be prepared.
The Emin Minaret is a blending Uyghur architecture and history with Islamic traditions. The tower is made of wood, mud and brick and also the tallest minaret in Xinjiang. Plenty of photo opportunities from all angles.
Grape Valley is located on the west side of Flaming Mountain. So you can come here after visiting Flaming Mountain. You can taste the grapes during the harvest season in August, pick the right time to visit.
Uyghurs are one of the minority group in China out of the 56 groups. However there are very big population of Uyghur in Xinjiang. You will be dazzled by the bright colours of their traditional dresses and decoration of the Uyghur home.
You get to see how smart the ancient people invented the irrigation system back 2000 years ago and turning parts of this hot desert into lush greenery.
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 ONE must visit place! You can do Karez Well and Jiaohe as both are located nearby at the west of Turpan.
Maxirap le Grand Large Hotel is located outskirt of Turpan City. There is no interesting shops to visit if you want to walk around at night as the hotel is only surrounded by big vineyards. The facilities of the hotel is moderate and not luxury, be mentally prepared. The Uyghur dinner at the hotel was delicious and interesting especially the moment the whole roasted lamb was pushed into our room by the Uyghur ladies. Click the link above to check out the food review too.
Final tips :
Flaming Mountain and Jiaohe Ruins are super hot if you explore in the summer. You may want to do these places early in the morning to avoid the heat.