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Turpan

Once upon a time Turpan was an important outpost on the Silk Road. Today, it has a strong agricultural industry, with a focus on grapes, an export of the region. Located in eastern Xinjiang province, the village of Turpan is situated in a depression and is one of the few places on earth below sea levels. A long, narrow stretch of land hemmed by mountain ranges to the north and south, Turpan sits at a negative altitude of more than 500 feet. The area boasts a fascinating array of terrain, vegetation and wildlife because of the differing altitudes from valley bottom to top. Perpetual snow blankets the mountain summits, while at the depths of the valley lies a lush, green landscape. An oasis in the midst of desert land, Turpan provides a welcome break from dry heat and miles of sand.

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