Turpan Grape Valley 葡萄沟

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Grape Valley 葡萄沟

Grape Valley is located just 10 kilometers away from Turpan, on the western side of Flaming Mountain. The valley is 8 kilometers long and 0.6 - 2.0 kilometers wide. On the west side of the valley lies sheer cliffs, but most visitors who pay the valley a visit come to see the abundance of grape vines that give the valley its name. Around the grapevines, vibrant poplar trees tower and blooming flowers grow, while cottages and adobe houses are sit charmingly on the valley’s sides. 
When Zhang Qian, a soldier who is recognized for helping the Han Dynasty pacify the tribes in the west, visited this region over 2,000 years ago, he found that people here were already very experienced grape growers. Records show that after Zhang returned from the West and introduced the grape to China’s inland provinces, the Emperor Caopi highly praised the delicious grape along with the wine’s fragrance and taste. Zhang later returned as an envoy to the region for several years afterward. 
Grape Valley is a popular place to stop for lunch. Under the shade of the twisted vines, many stalls sell lamb kebabs, steaming noodles, and dried raisins to travelers. In addition to the good food and natural scenery, the valley’s Wei Minority has a daily singing and dancing show. 
Admission Fee: CNY 60
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