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I am married to my loving husband for more than 38 years now. I am a mother to 3 beautiful children, until 11 years ago when I lost my youngest son. Since then my life is forever altered but yet unbroken....

My Travel Journal

"There isn't much I haven't shared with you along the road and through it all there'd always be tomorrow's episode" - Elton John

I started traveling around the world since early 80s when I had the opportunity to combine business trips with vacations. Then later when my rezeki is in abundance, there were numerous other trips along the way for vacations, most of the time with hubby and the kids when the timing is right. I have also started to compile the journal and photo-pages covering almost more than 25 years of world wide travel. Some destinations I visited just once, others many times. Many of those places are the obvious famous places people would like to visit but some, the casual traveler doesn't even think to try. I have placed links to my travel at the side bar of my personal page, My Life Reflections, and will be updating them from time to time.

My wish is to continue my travel and complete circumnavigate the globe, insyaAllah…

Monday, 3 June 2013

The Silk Road: Hami/Turpan - 2013

“One always has a better book in one's mind than one can manage to get onto paper...” - Michael Cunningham
Day 06: 27 May 2013
(Hami 5 Hotel).

After breakfast we travelled by bus to Turpan, 450 km away via the highway across the desolate Gobi Desert.

(A lonely barren desert)

Turpan is an old city with a history dating as far back as 6,000 years ago. The city was known as Gushi in the Western Han Dynasty and in the Ming Dynasty. It got its name Turpan, which means 'the lowest place' in the Uyghur language and 'the fertile land' in Turki. Lying in the Turpan Basin, the elevation of most of the places in the area is below 500 meters. Turpan is the city with the lowest elevation in China, is also the hottest place.

(Lunch time at one county city half way to Turpan)
(Scattered oil drills in the desert)

Turpan City Prefecture is located to the southeast of Urumchi and has a population of 250,000, made up of 21 different nationalities. Among these the Uyghur account for over 70% of the total number. The city is also known as Huo Zhou (a place as hot as fire).

(The entrance to the Flaming Hill Museum)
(Hallway full of legends and tales)
(Statues in the Museum)

We had lunch in a small County city off the highway, 100 km before Turpan. On the way we had a tour of the Flaming Hill located at the northern edge of the Turpan Basin. The Flaming Hill is about 10 km east of downtown Turpan, stretching up to 100 km from east to west and about 10 km from south to north.

(Murals on the wall at the hottest spot on earth)
(Hot Flaming Hill)
(Tall statues guiding the Flaming Hill)
(A choice of carriage ride, Aero-light or camel ride)

With an average temperature of 30 degrees, it is known as the hottest place on earth and the highest temperature can even reach 47.8 degrees. The Flaming Hill got its name because in the evenings the red clay hills reflect the heat and glow making it look like burning. There is no life on the hills; no grass grows, no animals or birds lives there.

(The entrance to the Grape Valley)
(In the grapevine)
Later we visited The Charming Grape Valley, located among the Flaming Hill, about 10 km north of Turpan. It is a valley which is about 7 km long and 2 km wide. The nearby man-made ditch from the Tianshan Mountain makes the grape valley fresh and alive. The hill to the side of the valley is green and is full of various fruits like peaches, apples and pears. The houses for drying the grapes into raisin make the valley picturesque.

(Colorful tapesteries)
(A graceful Uyghur's dancer)

We visited a typical Uyghur's house and were served Nan bread and water melons while being entertained with music and dances. We also performed our prayers there and later visited their vineyard at the back of their houses.

(Explaning on how raisins are graded)
(Performing our prayers)

After dinner in a nearby restaurant, we checked-in Huozhou Hotel for the night.

(The restaurant mascot)
(Waiting for dinner to be served)
(Our hotel room in Turpan)

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