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Our next stop on our Silk Road journey was the city of Turpan (the English name) in the Xinjiang region of China. It's also known as Turfan and Tulufan (in Uighur and Chinese) while I, on the other hand, refer to it as Turpan Alley, because it is a bit of a hole. Turpan was a fertile little oasis town back in the day, and today (and probably back then too) is known as "China's Death Valley" because it's one of the few places below sea level and also because IT'S DUCKING HOT AS BALLS. It's so hot and sunny and dry that walking around the city would have been uncomfortable even if it wasn't a bit of a hole. Apparently, the Chinese like to say that Turpan is farther from the ocean than any other place in the world, which I don't doubt but that is a chitty thing to brag about. (I hate feeling landlocked! I love being near water! This trip is difficult for me.) The best part about Turpan (and Xinjiang) is that this climate grows some insane delicious watermelon.
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