Turpan is an ancient city with traces of human habitation dating as far back as 6,000 years. The city is also known as Huo Zhou (a place as hot as fire), and is the hottest place in China. For half the year the temperature exceeds 40C (100F). The abundant sunshine gives its famous melons and grapes ideal conditions to grow. Highlights include; Flaming Mountain, Emin Minaret is the largest ancient Islamic tower in Xinjiang; and Jiaohe Ancient City and Gaochang Ancient City are witnesses to the long history of Turpan. Most hotels have their own grape vines and wineries open to visitors, and have evening traditional Uygur singing and dancing shows.
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