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Grape Valley & Emin Minaret

Grape Valley, Turpan, Xinjiang

 Grape Valley

Located about 13 km (8 miles) east of Turpan, Grape Valley is the best summer resort due to its shady and cool weather, sweet grapes and hospitable locals. Grape valley is not far from Flaming Mountain, but the weather is indeed as different as two worlds! Escaping from the dry heat of Flaming Mountain and walking along this 8 km-long (about 5 miles) fertile green valley, you may feel you are in grape heaven! Water piped from Tian Shan Mountain flows freely in Grape Valley. Various types of grape can be seen everywhere within the valley. Beautiful Uigur girls in their colorful ethnic costume perform intoxicating and exquisite local dances. You can also visit local families and enjoy the delicious local food.

How to Get to Turpan Grape Valley?

City bus no. 5 can directly take you to the Grape Valley. If arriving at Turpan Railway Station, it is suggested to walk to the Daheyan Bus Station and take a coach to downtown Turpan. The duration is about an hour and the bus fare is CNY11. After that, take a taxi to the Grape Valley at a cost of CNY 15 – 20.

Admission Fee: CNY 75

Emin Minaret (Su Gong Ta), Turpan, Xinjiang Emin Minaret (Su Gong Ta)

Located 2 km (1.24 miles) east of Turpan, Emin Minaret is the largest ancient tower in Xinjiang as well as the only Islamic old tower among China's one hundred famous towers. The minaret was built in 1777 by a heroic Turpan general, Emin Khoja. Emin was a great leader of Turpan Uigur and titled by Emperor Qianlong of Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) for his patriotic loyalty.

The tapered minaret is 44 meters (144 ft) high with a base of 10 meters (32.8 ft) in diameter. There are two steles inscribed with Uigur and Chinese standing in the entrance. The steles explain the reason of building this minaret as well as the loyalty of Emin Khoja. The brick made minaret has no stories, only a brick-piled pillar with 72 steps around the centre, allowing visitors to climb to the top. An attic covering about 10 sq meters (about 107.6 sq ft) stands atop of the minaret with a grand mosque situate beside it, many of the Uigur people come to worship every Friday.

Admission Fee: CNY 23
Opening Hours: 08:50 to 20:00
Recommended Time for a Visit: One hour

 How to Get to/around Turpan
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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