Turpan travel guide

Source: Global Times [17:03 July 10 2009]

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TRANSPORTATION

As a tourist center of Xinjiang, the transportation in Turpan is convenient. Visitors can get there by air, by train or by long-distance buses. As Turpan is not far from Urumqi, Urumqi Airport is good option. It takes only two hours' driving from the airport to Turpan city center.

In addition, it is very convenient to get to Turpan by train and by bus from Urumqi. It is the hub of southern and northern Xinjiang with several main rail and road intersections. Traveling in Turpan, you can get to the scenic spots easily. Except for Emin Minaret, all the other tourist attractions are not longer than 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the city center. And they are well-connected.

Getting there

By Air

At present Turpan does not have its own airport, but visitors can use the Urumqi International Airport (URC). It is about 230 kilometers (142.9 miles) from the airport to Turpan city center and it takes only 2 hours' driving by expressway. There are 99 domestic services and 14 international services for 60 destination cities, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Guangzhou, Tashkent, Novosibirsk, Moscow and Islamabad. Turpan Airport is under construction.

After arriving the Urumqi Airport, you can take bus No.51 (CNY1 per person) outside the airport to Nianzigou. Urumqi Bus Station is located there. There, you can find the long-distance bus to Turpan Bus Station from 09:00 to 20:30 every day. It will take about 2 hours with a fare of CNY20. When leaving Turpan to Urumqi Airport, you'd better start 4 hours ahead of time considering the traffic factor.

Urumqi Airport Inquiring: 0991-3801453 / 3802695

By Train

Turpan Railway Station is located in Daheyan County, about 50 kilometers from the city center. Although it is a bit far from the city center, the traffic condition is good as the city buses and taxis are all available for you. It takes about CNY80 by taxi and CNY5 by bus.

The buses leave for Turpan city center every 30 minutes from 07:00 to 20:00 every day. The transport lines in Turpan extend in all directions. In the railway station, there are frequent trains coming and going each day between Turpan and other cities in Xinjiang Province, such as Urumqi, Hotan, Kashgar and Korla.

Apart from that, there are trains to and from many big cities of China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Jinan, Chongqing and Zhengzhou. Inquiries phone number: 0995-8642233

Additionally, there is a smaller railway station - Qiquanhu Railway Station near Turpan city. The trains with good facilities from and to Chengdu, Xian, Urumqi and Korla will stop at the station every day.

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