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Flaming Mountains (Huoyan Shan)

Address: Middle of Turpan Basin, Turpan 838200, China
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Ranked #9 of 24 things to do in Turpan
Type: Mountains, Geologic formations, Nature & Parks
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Type: Mountains, Geologic formations, Nature & Parks
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Wels, Austria
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144 reviews 144 reviews
92 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

On Your way to let´s say ´Bezeklik Caves´ it´s nice to stop and have a look at the "Flaming Mountains" (but don´t pay any entry-fee, there´s nothing more to see then from the road). The shape of the slopes looks a bit like flames and I can imagine that, when it´s really hot (and sometimes it is!), the hot air... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
17 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

The Flaming Mountains were of the highlights of my trip to Turpan! This place is very popular with Chinese tourist as it's the setting for the classical novel "Journey to the West". Many other reviews mention that it's not worth paying the entry ticket as the mountains can be seen from the road - that's true, but if you pay... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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37 reviews 37 reviews
29 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

This was one of the most exciting part of the Turpan Day Tour. It was superb hot when we visited in July 2014, a 35 degree. She is barren, eroded, red sandstone hills and lie near the northern rim of the Taklamakan Desert and east of the city of Turpan. My tour guide told me "Usual tour will bring you... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Dont bother paying money to enter. The mountain can be seen by the road side All very comerical inside

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Leesburg, Florida
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38 reviews 38 reviews
19 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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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133 reviews 133 reviews
76 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 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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141 reviews 141 reviews
77 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 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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88 reviews 88 reviews
70 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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68 reviews 68 reviews
14 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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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54 reviews 54 reviews
30 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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