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Flaming Mountains (Huoyan Shan)

Middle of Turpan Basin, Turpan 838200, China
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Ranked #10 of 22 attractions in Turpan
Type: Mountains, Geologic Formations
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Leesburg, Florida
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

The area was part of our Silk Road tour. We had no expectations whatsoever and were surprised to find ourselves in a landscape that could have been on Mars. I did not even know the story of the Monkey King, but one of our travel companions had grown up with it. I wish I had read it before.

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Chicago, IL
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117 reviews 117 reviews
69 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

These mountains are eroded piles of rock that lie near the Taklamakan desert. They got their name from the novel "Journey to the West." We visited them en route to the Bezeklik Thousand Buddha caves.

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Shenzhen, China
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110 reviews 110 reviews
63 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

Not the most spectacular scenery with a really cheesy inaccurate digital thermometer. It is basically a roadside stop with a giftshop. Not worth paying for, stop for a photo at the road and move on.

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Urumqi, China
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59 reviews 59 reviews
53 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

The Flaming Mountain is an important spot for Chinese legend, as the Monkey King and friends try to reach there in the classic "Journey to the West". The site has an underground museum, but taking pictures with the mountain, seeing the giant thermometor (3 stories), and riding camels are the real highlights.

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Shanghai, China
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41 reviews 41 reviews
9 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

One of the sites you definitely have to see during you next trip to Urumqi and this surrounding beautiful area. There arr quite some attractions close by such as camelback riding which may add addiotional costs to such trip ...

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La Spezia, Italy
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38 reviews 38 reviews
23 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

These mountains are flaming only at noon and if there are no clouds , but at noon they could be very hot . The landscape is rather attractive , even if there are a lot of red cliffs much better than this . The worst thing is that you must pay to enter in this park .

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Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

Really really hot but beautiful red mountains. With the camels in the back ground and the blazing heat.Clean topography .The hottest part of china and part f the Gobi desert. something to see for your self and experience

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Paris, France
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40 attraction reviews
134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

A rather uninteresting red mountain cliff has been turned into a tourist trap, in order to make people pay an entry price to what should normally be free of charge as you can see the cliff anywhere from the G30 highway. The mountains are not as spectacular as I had seen in other parts of the world... they are reddish... More

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Odense, Denmark
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

The museum was noth the money worth. Intresting landschape, the most amazing was the intens heat, and the expirience beeing in a desert. Take the pictures from the car, there are fare mor intresting thing to see in the area.

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Seattle, Washington
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154 reviews 154 reviews
38 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

So China has made a parking lot and asked for you to pay to see the mountains. They have a dirty souvenir shop and a camel to ride if you like. I think you can pull over on the side of the road and take the same photo as if you go inside.

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