Flaming Mountains – Xinjiang China

Flaming Mountains
Flaming Mountains
Flaming Mountains

A journey along the historic Silk Road in the Xinjiang Uigher (Uygher) Autonomous Region of China evokes images of an area that seems to have stayed the same for centuries. It is full of remarkable sights that grab the attention of every photographer, professional and novice alike.

Near the Taklamakan Desert and stretching about 100 kilometers, the sandstone Flaming Mountains are the hottest place in China in summer.

Average temperatures in July and August boil to at least 40 C with the ground temperature reaching nearly 80 C — it takes about 20 minutes to fry an egg on the ground.

Fissures on barren rocks can make the mountains look like solid flames.

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Flaming Mountains
Flaming Mountains
Flaming Mountains

The living hell, however, is one of Xinjiang’s most popular tourist spots due to its connection with the Monkey King. In the classic novel, “Journey to the West,” China’s very own superhero is said to have put out an immense fire with a palm-leaf fan.

Flaming Mountains

Flaming Mountains
Flaming Mountains

The Flaming Mountains are 30 kilometers east of Turpan city, which can be reached by long-distance bus from Urumqi’s South Bus Station. The journey takes around two hours and costs less than RMB 30.

From Turpan, either hire a private taxi or join a day trip to the Flaming Mountains. There is little public transport available between Turpan and the mountains.

The Flaming Mountains are 30 kilometers east of Turpan city, which can be reached by long-distance bus from Urumqi’s South Bus Station. The journey takes around two hours and costs less than RMB 30.

Read more about The Silk Road and it’s fascinating history.

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