at the northern edge of the Turpan Basin, Flaming Hill
is about 10 kilometers east of downtown Turpan, stretching
up to 100 kilometers from east to west and about 10
kilometers from south to north. With an average temperature
of 30 degrees, it is known as the hottest place on earth
and the highest temperature can even reach 47.8 degrees.
As tourism developed the Flaming Hill got more
popularity. In fact the Flaming Hill became very
popular since Wu Cheng'en in Ming
Dynasty (1368-1644) mentioned about it in his
famous book" The Journey to the
West" . The Flaming Hill got its
name because in the evenings the red clay hills
reflect the heat and glow making it look like
There is no life on the hills;
no grass grows, no animals or birds lives there.
In summer days, the extreme heat can even boil
an egg simply by burying it in the sand for just
a few minutes. In spite of the heat, this site
is still full of visitors to see the beauty around
the hills like the Grape Valley, Peach Valley,
Wood Valley and Shengjinkou Valley and other valleys
shaped by the diastrophism millions of years ago.
Among them, the unique beauty of Grape Valley
attracts numerous visitors which surely add more
flavor to the Flaming Hill nearby.
Xinjiang Travel Attractions