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Aug 26, 2017 - Turpan on the edge of the Taklimakan desert

A two hour flight north up towards The Mongolian border and the oasis desert town of Turpan which despite being one of the hottest and driest places on earth where ground temperatures of 89 degrees have been recorded has sustained life for thousands of years because of water running down via the nearby Flaming mountain range sited to the North. This is Las Vegas, neon in the desert but no gambling or shows. Today it is known throughout China as a major grape growing area but there are still signs of the Buddhist people of the first century...

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Jun 11, 2011 - 11 June - Turpan

We've arrived in Turpan, supposed to be one of the hottest places on earth. The Turpan Basin is situated between the northern and the southern Tian Shan mountains and is the lowest basin in China. Turpan is an oasis town and was crucial in providing a staging post and market place for traders on the silk road. This morning we visited the Gaochang ruins which date from the 1st century BC - 15th century AD. The temperature was around 45 degrees celsius in the sun but with very low humidity - it was hot! My umbrella was put to good use as a...

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Aug 19, 2009 - Takmalakan Desert

Next stop the Takmalakan Desert - mile upon mile of sand dunes some 200m high the road we took runs north to south and ws of course built by the chinese and they have planted trees and shrubs the whole lenght to stop the sand encroaching on the road. there is an irrigation system watering the plants from wells whereever they could dig deep enough to get the water. Had planned to campon the dunes but late afternoon the wind came up and the sand was blowing across the road would not have ben gund so drove out of the desert and found a spot...

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Aug 15, 2009 - Turpan

As you all know we have been unable to get send of anyhting else out of China for the past two weeks - it was because of the problems with the local population so have seen our quota of Chinese military and have had to be careful not to photograph them in fact at the border the border police checked quite a few of our cameras to see if we had taken any that we shouoldn't have - some of us changed the sd cards in our cameras just in case!! So where have we been - out into the wild wild west. with some long straight stretches of grass lands...

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Jul 16, 2008 - Turpan, China

We made a quick stop in Turpan. We did not have a chance to spend much time since we wanted to get to Kashgar for Sunday Market. We hired a car for the day and visited some of the great sites nearby. We first went to Tuyoq. This is an active village that the Chinese turned into a tourist site. This village produces some of the best grapes in the region! Really tasty and a nice fresh touch to the Chinese experience. Next we went to the Jiaohe ruins. Really cool and well preserved. It was a 113 degrees in the shade. We had had enough by 5 pm...

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Jul 5, 2008 - The End of Our Silk Road - Turpan

The next stop on our Silk Road journey was the City of Turpan (pronounced Tulufan for some reason?) We finally crossed into the Xinjiang province, China’s most Northwestern province, which borders with Kazakhstan, Pakistan, India, Russia, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan (I’m still not convinced that the last one is really a country!). Turpan is situated in the Turpan Depression – the second lowest place on Earth after the Dead Sea. As a result of its location, the place is an oven in the summer, with summer temperatures...

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Oct 30, 2007 - Turpan

Foer vi skal opp paa de hoeyeste fjell, stopper vi opp i verdens dypeste dal for aa trekke pusten skikkelig (Hvis det er mindre oksygen i luften paa 5000 moh, saa maa det vel vaere mer oksygen paa 150 meter under havet?). Jo har vaert i alle andre deler av Kina enn Xinjian-provinsen, og vil gjerne faa med seg saeregenhetene til "vestlandet" - Noe som er lett aa forstaa! Xinjian-provinsen er hovedsakelig muslimsk, men Islam er forskjellig i ulike deler av verden. Her har de f.eks. funnet ut at det er langt til Mekka (Alle gode muslimer maa...

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Sep 25, 2007 - Turpan and the surrounding areas.

Ive taken yet another overnight train, this time to the town of Turpan, in Western China. Its here that I notice for the first time the muslim influence of China, and its Uigher population. I've hired a taxi for the day from a very happy go lucky guy called Gilan, who takes me to an old Uigher village called Toyuq. Its just about on the tourist trail, and this being China there's an entrance fee into Toyuq. Whilst there I met three Americans and we follow each other around for an hour or so, and one of them is brave enough to get his beard...

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Where's Malcolm?

Aug 13, 2007 - Day around Turpan

"Some of Turpan's surrounding sights are fascinating and others are a waste of time. The only way to see them is on a tour- local drivers WILL find you and these generally work best." - Lonely Planet Well said. A sneaky travel agent named Ahmatjan found me before I even arrived in Turpan- he got on my bus before it pulled into town, forced me to start talking to him, and I later cautiously handed him money for a tour. This was all on the 12th. I had signed up for a local driver to take me and two other travelers, a Taiwanese and an...

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Summer in Asia 2007

May 25, 2006 - Turpan

Despues de 22 horas en tren he llegado a Turpan. Esta fue otra ciudad oasis importante en la Ruta de la Seda a la cual se llega bordeando por su parte norte el desierto de Taklamakan. En el compartimento he ido con una señora china que me ha alimentado de maravilla. Que comas, que comas, me decia insistentemente en perfecto mandarin. Que tienes que crecer. Platanos, albaricoques y sopa de noodles me ha dado. Tan bien me ha tratado que cuando me he apeado del tren me he despedido de ella con dos sonoros besos en sendas mejillas. La buena...

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Nov 2, 2005 - Turpan

Hit the PSB station at 11 to get my passport and hopefully another 30 days in China, I walked in the door, to be confronted by some massive arguement in the queue between some Chinese lady and bloke. The Chinese are notoriously bad at queuing not like us Brits, but in the police station there was some sort of order to it, I think the lady might have pushed in so the bloke was having a right go, trust me a Chinese arguement sounds savage these guys have got some lungs on them. So the Police finally come out, after letting this thing boil...

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Sep 19, 2005 - Turfan

Turfan was rather a disappointment at first. The guide book said that it was below sea level which was an exciting idea. It isn't. The Turfan depression is to the south and is the second lowest place on earth. we were not to be discouraged and set off in the car and put things right in about 10 miles when we stopped with the altimeter on our GPS navigation box reading -100 metres. We were in a small village and enjoyed watching life go by while drinking a coffee and eating bread. The car is always a good introduction and as usual started...

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