Aug 29, 2011
Jul 12, 2012
After our day in Urumqi, Wes and I split for Turpan (Tulufan in Mandarin). Turpan is an oasis city about 175 km's east of Urumqi famous for it's grapes. It is located in the middle of an arid landscape, but an oasis allows for the growth of grapes all around the city. A product of this is, well.....grapes! And raisins, and wine, etc. The city is much smaller than Urumqi, with about 60,000 residents, most of them Uyghur people. Uyghurs are a muslim ethnic group that is the primary ethnic group in Xinjiang. The culute, food, and appearance of the Uyghurs is much more similar to that of central Asia and the "Stan" countries as opposed to eastern Chinese culture. The Uyghurs speak in an Arabic language with Arabic script, and they eat food such as kebabs, nan bread, pulled noodles, etc. Very tasty food! In Turpan we visited the museum, the largest in Xinjiang; the Emin Minaret and mosque, the tallest Minaret in China; and we used it as a jump off point for several amazing places in the surrounding area. Here are the pictures.