Flaming Mountains


RMB 20


How to get there:

Take a tour bus or mini-bus from Turpan.

The Flaming Mountains (Huǒyàn Shān, 火焰山) get their name from the way the light reflects off the mountains red rocks and surrounding desert, especially toward sunset and sunrise—an impressive site for today's travelers, though one that might have filled ancient Silk Road merchants with trepidation, as little in these regions reminds one of the inhospitability of these dry lands as the sight of Flaming Mountains in full glory. 

Situated on the northern edge of the Turpan Basin, and stretching for over 100 km (62), this is an intensely hot part of the desert, with nary a blade of grass to be seen for miles. If you intend to spend time in the mountains, whether on rented camels, in a vehicle or even on foot, be prepared. Bring plenty of water, strong sunblock and wear a brimmed hat. The Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves are a good point of departure for a wander into the mountains, offering camels for rent.

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