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Grape Valley - Turfan

The Grape Valley is at the western foot of the Flaming Mountains, between the township of Turpan and the mountains.
Grape Valley and the nearby city of Turpan are an oasis in the Turpan Depression which is one of the hottest place on earth (locally called the oven) due it's altitude of more than a hundred of meters below sea level and supplied by melting snow water from the hills around by the ancient Karez irrigation system.
The valley is dense with grape vines and various fruit trees.
Despite the extreme heat, especially during the summer when the tempetures can reach over 45 ° during in Turpan, the Grape Valley, an eight kilometer long and half a kilometer wide oasis remains cool and humid.
Historically the grape, melon and many other fruit growin and wine production in and around Turpan goes back over 2,000 years.
The grapes are grown on trellised walkways, that in July to August, are heavily laden with large bunches of grapes.
The valley produces the famous seedless white grape, and red and black grapes later in the season.

The grape growing covers about 220 hectares and peaches, apricots, apples, pears, watermelons and melons are also grown in abundance.

We were told by our guide that the wine produced and some of the fruit exported with wide.

The most famous grape grown is the Seedless White.

For a more information about Turfan see Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This page was retrieved and condensed from (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turfan) see Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, November 2007.
All text is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License (see Copyrights for details).
About Wikipedia

This information was correct in November 2007. E. & O.E.

Hui Chin and I joined a conducted bus tour from Urumchi to visit Turpan.

It was a very interesting trip and full of drama, as there was many interesting places to visit and there was also a number of arguments on the bus about the tickets and sights to be visited, the sitting arrangements on the bus and also about the food and the quality and hygene standard of the restaurants we have visited.

To cap it all of, my camera's battery ran flat, half way through, our spare battery and another camera sitting safely back at the hotel in Urumchi (laughing at our misfortune), but a few weeks later I had even worst news, when, after returning home, I found out that two of my new 2Gigabyte SD memory cards, although seemed to work perfectly at the time, have invisible pictures on them.
The pictures seem to exist alright, with all around the 200 plus kilobyte properties and showing as jpeg pictures, but can't be viewed.
I have lost some very interesting, unusual and irreplacable pictures of Turpan, Urumchi, Bishkek in Kyrgizstan and pictures of the countrysides of Kyrgizstan and Kazakstan.


Now altough we were there and had our visual and phisical experiences, I have to take advantage of using Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia's resources with our greatful thanks.


I would like to mention a few things, that was mentioned to us during our visit to Turpan, but I do not find any mention on the pages and articles I read before putting this page together.
Turpan is sited in a basin (Turfan Depression), at the second deepest hole after the Dead Sea - under sea level. (328ft. below sea level).
Turpan is one of the hottest place on earth, due to its desert location and relative altitude.
Turpan also one of the driest place on earth again due to it's location and altitude. (This last two points make it ideal place to grow grapes and other fruit with the Karez (water) System's help.
Some of Turpan's listed attractions may be 40+ kilometres away, normally they still will be listed as Turpan's attraction.
On the way to Turpan from Urumchi our bus stopped at a fortress, as I lost the many photos I have taken of this place - as I have explained above, now I can't find any reference or mention of the place - can somebody help me, please?

Entrance in Turpan

A Turpan street

Grapes on trellises

Grapes in baskets

Grape drying huts in the desert

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