Xinjiang Part 3: Elsewhere

Where else did I go in Xinjiang? After the backpacking trip I also got to visit Urumqi, Shehezi, and Turpan. I would have liked to go to Kashgar, but did you know that Xinjiang is bigger than Alaska? To get fro Urumqi to Kashgar would have been a 24-hour train trip. Laura and I opted for the shorter 2-hour trip to Turpan.

Under a grape arbor in Turpan, an oasis famous for grapes.

Grape fields scattered throughout the town.

An ancient mosque at the edge of town.

Temple ruins at Jiaohe, a garrison town dating back to Han dynasty (206 BC - 220 AD).

Temple ruins at Jiaohe, a garrison town dating back to Han dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD).

Turyoq, a traditional Uighur village.

Turyoq, a traditional Uighur village.

Heaven Lake … this is the real color of the water!

For more photos of Urumqi, Shehezi, and Turpan click here.

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