Grape Valley, Turpan
(吐鲁番市葡萄沟风景区 tǔ lǔ fān shì pú táo gōu fēng jǐng qū）
As the popular saying goes, Xijiang is a hometown to fruits and the most prestigious are the grapes of Turpan, melons of Hami, bergamot pears of Korla and pomegranates of Karghalik. For any visitors to Turpan, a trip to Grape Valley is a must.
A place with breath-taking scenery surrounded by deserts, Grape Valley is located 11 kilometers from Turpan urban area, under Flaming Mountain. The valley itself measures 8km from north to south and 2 km from east to west. The valley’s main water source comes from melted snow among the mountains. Currently there are 4,266 acres of vineyards, and the gross annual output of grapes is measure at 14,932 tons.
In ancient times, Turpan was a hot spot for travelers and traders on the Silk Road. Here they sold and traded all kinds of goods, and one of those goods was Grape Valley’s very own grapes, raisins, jams, and wines.
Here there is a great variety of grapes: white, red, green, and black, some with seeds, and some without, all tasty and worth trying once or twice. You can get them ripe, get them dry, get them in jam form or get them in wine form to enjoy.
Scenic Spot Level: AAAAA
Ideal Sightseeing Season: August-October
Opening Hours: 08:00 -- 21:00
Ticket Price: 60 yuan ($8.72)
Address: 11km north east of the Turpan urban center, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
Transportation: Bus: Nos 3, 102
While in Turpan you will easily get hot and sweaty exposed to Xinjiang’s hot summer so take in some shade and protect yourself from the sunburn and heatstroke.