Xinjiang Turphan Grape Gully, China

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Turphan Grape Gully

The Grape Gully lies in the gorge valley of the western Flamming Mountain in the northern Turphan basin. It is 10 kilometers from the Turphan City.

This is the famous "Grape Gully", producing top quality grapes in China. Thus, the name of "The Grape Gully".

The grape has been planted in Turphan basin for more than 1,000 years. On the mountain slope, in the bottom of the gully and in the terraced fields, there are all rows and rows of grape trees everywhere as if bunches and bunches of pearls are hung in the green ocean.

There are altogether over 200 hectares grape fields here, producing more than one million kilograms grapes each year. The white grape is glittering, translucent, and delicious and juicy. It is the special local product of Tulufan and saleable in home and abroad.

Early in Xihan times (206B.C. ~ 24A.D.), Zhangqian who is a soldier helped the Han Dynasty pacify the tribes to the west, went abroad to the Western region as an envoy from several years. After he returned to the Central Plain, the grape was just introduced into the Central Plain area.

History material shows that after Zhangqian returned from the Western region, the Emperor Caopi praised highly about the delicious grape and the good fragrance and taste of the wine. It is clear that after the grape was introduced into China, it is widely loved by the public. In fact, the Grape Gully is not only the country of grape; it is also the famous country of melon and fruit.

The local residents mostly are Weiwuer tribe. The melons and fruits planted everywhere by them are peach, jujube, walnut, fragrant pear, apple, pomegranate, fig, watermelon, muskmelon etc. The Grape Gully is really a treasure place of melon and fruit.

There are over 30,000 Weiwuer tribe people living in the Grape Gully. They cultivate with cautious and conscientious effort and everyone is good at singing and dancing and hospitable warmly.

From July to September every year, the grape, melon, and fruit have been ripened. The fragrance of fruit permeates in the air of the whole grape gully. It attracts many visitors following the fragrance. The visitors are received with warm welcome and reception. They can taste sweet melon and fruit and enjoy the happiness of local harvest. In addition, there are places of interests and historical relics such as rock caves and ancient monasteries in the glossy, green gully area.