Turpan

Posted by Albert on August 1, 2010 under On The Road | 3 Comments to Read

Map updated!

We arrived in Turpan (Tǔlǔfān in Mandarin), the grape capital of Xinjiang, via the old Silk Road (now boringly called G312) yesterday with the intention of facing our next challenge:

Challenge 2: Work on a farm for a day.

Before we left Urumqi, a taxi driver in told us that Turpan is the hottest place in China. To Albert, it felt just like home in Phoenix, Arizona but Adrian was a bit surprised by the sudden wave of 41 degree C (105 F) heat.

But at night it cools down nicely and we saw lots of people sleeping outside on big metal-framed beds. We’re still on Beijing time here which means the sun sets two hours later than expected (around 10:00 PM). But, as in Urumqi, most Uighur people use their own Xinjiang time when talking to each other. Albert asked one Uighur man in the Urumqi bus station what time his bus left and he had to look at Albert’s watch instead of his own. He said, “In one hour” because the two watches were set two hours apart!

We’re optimistic about being able to find a farm today because within one minute of getting off the bus from Urumqi yesterday, we met a man who not only speaks English but also owns a grape farm. Unfortunately, he has already harvested his grapes but he’s sending a friend of his to meet us today to take us around looking for another farm that needs work. Better put on sunscreen!

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3 Comments on “Turpan”

  • Jeannie said,

    “G312”? You are right…it’s boring and too bad they changed the historical name.

    Aug 6, 2010

  • A.B. said,

    Comments aren’t allowed for Challenge 4, so I’ll make a couple here. I’m really enjoying all your posts! Did you know that a blog gremlin has inserted an ad for the Shanghai Music Festival at the end of each of the first 3 videos on Challenge 4? I would love to know more about: the pelt on the sidewalk of the first photo (i.e., what is the animal?) and the beautiful tents in the second video. Great stories!

    Aug 6, 2010

  • AHEE said,

    HAH~ YOUR TRIP SEEMS BE FULL OF UNKNOWNING SURPRISE.CANT WAIT TO LISTEN TO THE ADVENTURE U’VE EXPERIENCED NEXT TERM!!!KEEP FOLLOWING YOUR DIARYS!!

    Aug 8, 2010

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