Turpan, a place truly flowing with milk and honey in the Turki language, is famous for its fruits. Among them, grape is the most famous, every August the sweet air will herald the vintage. The best place to enjoy the grapes is Grape Valley.
Grape Valley is at the Northeast of Turpan city of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, some 10 kilometers away from Turpan. It is a gully to the west of the Flaming Mountain. The valley runs 8 kilometers long, spans 0.6-2 kilometers wide. While the west side of the valley sheer cliffs is hanging, a forest of intertwined grape vines is to be found inside the valley. Around the grape gardens towers vibrant poplar trees interspersed with a few flowers. Cottages and adobe houses are elaborately arranged on the slopes.
Turpan is nationally known for its grapes and dried raisins. The area began to plant grape as early as the Han Dynasty. Grape Valley is very famous for growing all kinds of fruits like grapes, melons, peach, apricot, pear, etc. And all these fruits are exceptionally a lot sweeter than those produced in other places.
The Grape Valley is filled with trellised walkways, that in the peak season of July to August, are covered with bunches of grapes. The valley produces the famous seedless white grape, the manaizi or mares nipple grape, and red and black grapes in the fall.
In the valley you will find a park as well as patios and outdoor tables where you can eat the grapes and other fruit or enjoy a delicious meal complemented by the locally produced wine. Under the twisted vines, set up many stalls selling kebabs, steaming noodles and dried raisins. In addition, the Wei Minority singing and dancing show is displayed here daily.
Nowadays Grape Valley has been turned into a top tourist attraction in Xinjiang attracting thousands and thousands of tourists every year. It was granted the title of "AAAAA Tourist Attraction" (the highest level) of China in May, 2007.