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Introduction

Turpan was also one of the fortresses in the well-known ancient Silk Road and the economic and cultural hinge between inner land of China and western regions and other Asian countries. The reserved mysterious historical and cultural relics attest to the prosperity that the city had experienced. The well preserved Ancient City of Jiaohe and Ancient City of Gaochang are both thousands of years old and the capital cities of the once flourishing kingdoms here. In addition, the called 'Underground Museum', Astana-Karakhoja Ancient Tombs, Bizaklik Thousand Buddha Caves with exquisite murals and the Islamic architecture-Emin Minaret are all the invaluable treasures left by history.


Turpan is also one of the cultural centers of the Uygur ethnic groups. Uygur people constitute more than 70% of the total population there. The local Uygur music, dances, dressings, food, customs and architectures are all characteristic and worth of appreciation. In every August, a 'Grape Festival' is held involving many colorful activities such as singing and dancing performances, summer parties, tasting famous local wines, opening special streets of snacks as well as grapes and melons. Guanghui Street is a famous street for local snacks. For shopping you can also go to Turpan General Merchandise Building and Turpan Old City Free Market of Agricultural Products. Raisins and Uygur flowery hats can be bought as souvenirs.


 Transportation
Traveling to Turpan is also quite convenient. Urumqi Airport is linked with Turpan by a highway, which takes about 2 hours. The Turpan Railway station has opened routes to Urumqi, Korla, Beijing, Shanghai and other cities. The road condition in the city is also very good, and two national highways join here. The regular vehicles of buses and taxies are accessible, and donkey vehicles are also popular for shopping in the bazaar for local products in the city or sightseeing in suburbs.



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