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Turpan Attractions

Turpan attractions consist of desert scenery, including the third lowest point on the earth’s surface near Ayding Lake, and sites related to the ancient architecture and life of the mostly Muslim people there. The Jiaohe Ruin and Gaochang Ruins, along with the Karez Irrigation System provide insights into the ingenuity of ancient desert life.

Turpan is famous for its grapes and raisins, so Grape Valley should be visited. There are also the Thousand Buddha Caves marking the route of Buddhism’s entry to China along the Silk Road. Our Turpan tours put the attractions here together in a manageable format and link Turpan with other China destinations.

Most Popular Turpan Attractions

Karez Well

Features 1. Museum in Turpan about the karez ancient irrigation system. 2. Instructs on the history and technology of the karez irrigation system. 3. Has an underground tunnel to see. Overview ..

Jiaohe Ruin

FeaturesBig ancient ruined city in Xinjiang and one of the best preserved cities of its time in China.A highlight of travel to the interesting and beautiful Turpan area.Some big structures remain such as a ruin..

Gaochang Ruins

Features1. Biggest ancient ruined city in Xinjiang.2. It’s one of the important spots in a tour of the interesting and beautiful area around Turpan.3. Like the ancient city of Jiaohe to the west, the city was..

Emin Minaret

FeatureOld brick tower dating to 1778; almost as old as the United States!About 43 meters or 142 feet tall and 10 meters or 33 feet wide.It is quite beautiful, and is one of the few ancient big structures in th..

Tuyoq Village and Tuyugou Canyon

FeatureSmall Uighur valley with an array of historic sites spanning 3,000 years and lots of vineyards all within a day’s tour.Situated in the Turpan Depression that is the second or third lowest point on..

Astana Tombs

Feature1. There is a big graveyard of mainly Chinese tombs and Chinese shrines that date from about the middle of the 200s to the late 700s.2. The big graveyard holds about 1,000 tombs that are constructed like..

Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves

Feature Ancient religious caves and shrines dating from about the year 400 to the year 1,300. The art depicts people of various races and cultures living and doing things together. The art makes t..

Grape Valley

Feature1. Recreation, shopping, food and Uighur music and dance entertainment in a fruit growing valley.2. About 220 hectares of grapes and 200 hectares of other fruits like apricots, pears, and peaches.3. Lots..

The Flaming Mountain

Feature Odd geological feature north of Turpan. It's a red sandstone ridge about 500 meters high (1,600 feet) that stretches for about 100 kilometers or 63 miles. One of the hottest places i..

Maza Village

Maza village at the south side of the Tuyugou Grand Canyon is a small Muslim community inhabiting around one hundred families. The village retains many Muslim features with Islamic green-topped mosques towering..

The Ayding Lake

Features1. Dry lake with extremely hot and dry weather in the summer.2. Used to be a scenic spot with a salt lake. It is used now as a setting for extreme sports or hikes.3. Second lowest point on earth.4. Crac..