Flaming Mountain

Source: Global Times [16:28 July 11 2009]

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Flaming Mountain lies 10 km east of Turpan city, covering about 100 km from east to west with a width of 9 km. The average height is 500 meter, while the 831-meter- high peak rises above Shengjinkou, a vital pass of the ancient city of Gaochang.

The Flaming Mountain is very popular thanks to a classical novel, The Journey to the West by the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) writer, Wu Cheng'en and its charming hero-- The Monkey King.

According to the Uigur version, a vicious dragon lived in deep Tianshan Mountain and ate little children. A Uigur hero fought gallantly against the dragon for three days and three nights and cut the dragon into eight parts. The remains of the dragon turned to a scarlet mountain colored by its blood. The eight scars turned into the eight valleys in the Flaming Mountain, including the famous Grape Valley.

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