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the Grape Valley

Located 7 miles (11 km) to the northeast of Turpan, the Grape Valley stretches 5 miles (8 km) from north to south with a width of 1.2 miles (2 km). Being one of the valleys on the west side of the Flaming Mountain, it has totally different scenery from the Flaming Mountain. It is burning hot at Flaming Mountain, but pleasantly cool in this green Grape Valley. This paradise of 543 acres (220 hectares) is covered with layer upon layer of grapes.

About 13 varieties of grapes such as Manaizi (mare nipple grape), Wuhebai (white seedless grape) and so on are cultivated. Every year over 300 tons of raisins are made here. Every single grape is crystal and juicy - some are as green as emerald; some as red as agate, some as small as pearls while others are like olives. Among all these grapes, Wuhebai is reputed as a ‘bright pearl’ with the sugar content as much as 20% to 24%. Containing sugar about 60%, the raisin made of the Wuhebai, is tasty and the treasure of Turpan.