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Trip to Turpan

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Trip to Turpan
Inserted: 03.01.2021
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If you travel in Western China, you will most likely visit Turpan (Turfan), which is an oasis on the landscape of the Turfan Depression, falling to –154 meters below sea level (China's lowest point). The majority of the population here are Muslim Uighurs. There is not much to see in the city itself, but there are several attractions in the area, so there is a program for 2–3 days

The first day in Turpan

On the first day, first head to the Emin minaret, which is the most important monument of the city. Then continue to the western end of the city to the Karez Museum, an ingenious irrigation system in an otherwise desolate landscape. In the afternoon, head to the ruins of Jiaohe, a former royal city in an amazing location between two canyons

Emin Minaret

The most important monument of Turpan is the beautiful Emin Minaret, located in the southeast of the city

Emin Minaret
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Karez irrigation system

Karez system Museum is located on the western outskirts of the city. It was an ingenious masterpiece that brought water from the distant Tianshan Mountains to vast underground reservoirs near the city in underground canals.

Karez irrigation system
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The second day in Turpan

The second day is definitely more interesting than the first. We head further west from the city and see the red Flaming Mountains from both sides. In addition, the ruins of another ancient city Gaochang

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Other possible trips around Turpan

In addition to the above, it is possible to visit other interesting sites if you have an extra day. For example: the mosque and caves in the picturesque village of Toyuq, the salt lake Ayding Kol Lake and Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves

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