As the main stop of the Silk Road, the mysterious Turpan city has a history spanning over 2,000 years. Apart from distinctive Turpan attractions, one special thing about Turpan is it has unusual weather. It hardly rains, while it is very sunny and dry as well as the unbelievab high temperature, sometimes reaching up to 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit). However the abundant sunshine it gives the grapes and melons an ideal environment to grow. Hence the reason the grapes from Turpan are praised as the China's best. Meanwhile due to the dry weather, you'll surprisingly see the moon during the day time. Places to see in Turpan on the second day are Gaochang Ancient City, Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves, Flaming Mountains and Tuyuk village. You can get more information about one of the exciting Turpan attractions in WindhorseTour's Silk Road Tours.
Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves -- Located in the middle section of Flaming Mountain, it has a history more than 1,500 years. The oldest caves were created in 5th century A.D. and newest were carved in 14th century. Until now, 57 caves in total exist and among them over 40 murals. The complex and exquisite murals are combination with Buddhist background, culture and art style of this area as well as the relationship between ancient China and West. You'll through these murals artistic style learn about something of the nature of ancient society. Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves is one the top Turpan attractions and places to see in Turpan. Know more about Xinjiang attractions at: Best Xinjiang 7 Day Tour.
There are many more places to see in Turpan. Like the Tuyuk Village, which is the oldest village in Xinjiang Uighur that has over 2,000 years of history. The village is known to be an old pilgrimage site for Muslims. Streets and houses in there is very dry and quaint. All the houses in Tuyuk Village are made by the clay. Part of the Turpan attractions is that it's a great chance to visit local family and experience rural life in Tuyuk Village. You'll also have the chance to see the how's the local people use Karze Well and the wonderful water system when you visit Turpan.