Uygur Ancient Village

Uygur Ancient Village, Turpan: Hours, Address, Uygur Ancient Village Reviews: 4/5

Uygur Ancient Village
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Ya'er'guole Village, Ya'er Country, Turpan 838000 China

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Timothy D
Suzhou, China648 contributions
A highlight
Oct 2019
I would totally recommend visiting one of the Uighur villages such as Tuyuk. The setting is beautiful in the desert mountains, the mud buildings are impressive to walk around and the locals are very friendly. Pick up some grapes if you come in season.
Written October 6, 2019
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jollymonkey
Brighton, UK69 contributions
Odd, but interesting
Sep 2019 • Couples
It’s a bit of an unusual place, sort or run down, sort of preserved, sort of preserved to be run down. People do live there (and they all seem to be absolutely lovely) and it doesn’t feel like it’s been manufactured, but it also doesn’t feel quite real. Nevertheless a really interesting cultural experience and for the price tag (35Y - about £4) it’s fairly reasonable. You’ll make that back in free melon slices alone (which the locals will ensure you try!)
Written September 17, 2019
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Andrew M
7,144 contributions
Great local experience!
Jul 2019
The Tuyu Valley Scenic spot is a must see when visiting Turpan. Unlike many of the other attractions, you will probably be the only tourist here. It is a old Uighur village which is still lived in today. There are no pushy sellers, although a few local selling raisins and cold beverages will be seen. Tickets have to be purchased at the ticket office next to the police station, and then you can do a self guided tour of the village. There are a few map boards which will show the layout of the village, but it is small, and impossible to get lost.

The main attractions were a ancient mulberry tree, folk house, mosque, German explorers residence and the river which runs through the village. The village was the coolest place that we visited on our day trip to Turpan, as we were always close to the river, and the roads in the village were so narrow that there were quite a few shady places to walk. The right side of the village, across the bridge, has many grape vines and we took a short walk through the residences. It is a poor village, so there will not be much to see, but if you are interested in Uighur culture, a visit here is a must.

The village is the first section of the Tuyu scenic area. The other nearby attractions are the Tuyu "Grand canyon" and the "Thousand Buddha Caves". We were short on time, so did not get to visit the other attractions. We thought that this was a good experience, free from the large tour groups that we had been meeting all day.
Written August 24, 2019
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Dale R
Stateline, NV318 contributions
For Tourists or Muslim Pilgrims?
Jun 2019
Hard to believe what is being presented here. It is an ancient village to be sure. Very old appearing and for the most part with a very run down appearance and in places deliberately so. Some sources say it maintained in a run down state, (arrested decay) for tourism. It is also supposed to be China's holiest Islamic sites. Famous for pilgrimages. Perhaps the pilgrims are only there at a certain time of the year or perhaps the Chinese have ended the pilgrimages. Either way, expect this place to be deserted. Not much to see or do, yet an interesting experience.
Written August 24, 2019
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WendyA
10 contributions
Must stop!
May 2019 • Friends
Definitely book a driver to bring you to this village during your stay in Turpan. Bring lots of water and a camera with an empty memory card!
Written May 12, 2019
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nathan l
Zichron Yaakov, Israel883 contributions
very authentic
Sep 2018 • Friends
this village is very authentic and a must see to absorb the traditions and culture of the uygur contry people
Written December 21, 2018
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mogolan
Ashdod, Israel662 contributions
Window to the past
Sep 2018 • Friends
The little town, with its adobe house and portals seems stopped in time. Many of the houses have the beds on the ceilings to sleep because of the heat. From the highest point there is a wonderful view.
Written November 13, 2018
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Tan_WeeKee
Singapore, Singapore203 contributions
After visiting the village, I am stop eating dried melons
Oct 2018 • Couples
There are nothing much to see in the village, it is like specially created to have some tourist revenue.

Near the entrance we get to see dried melons and raisins. They are leave in the open and exposed. So we told ourselves, better to stop munching those dried melons
Written October 21, 2018
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Jane W
San Francisco, CA18 contributions
A window into ancient life...and, to me, a sad view of a people being “museumized” for tourists
Sep 2018
I was traveling solo this afternoon, with my Uyghur driver. He dropped me off at Tuyok village, where I showed my passport, paid my fee, then stepped into the ancient town. Aside from a few people enjoying the outdoor cafe at the entrance (including my driver) I saw but a few villagers in an hour or so. Maybe it was the hot mid-day, or the late September season? Still, I was surprised to find Tuyok so baren of people. Then again, this emptiness gave me a chance to take in things I might have missed, such the ancient Mulberry tree, where elders have gathered for centuries, or the plaintive curtains still hanging in deserted abodes, or the sound of rushing water, or how much of the village has into ruins. At last I climbed a hill to see an older man. He was listening to traditional music, shelling nuts in front of his house/store. By now I had no interest in taking anyone’s picture. As I toured the village, I increasingly felt like a voyeur, invading other’s private lives. I did not make eye contact. On my way back, the man smiled, waving me to come over to see his store. I smiled back, doing so, being friendly. He did his best to tempt me into buying a pack of cigarettes. I would’ve done so in an instant if I was a smoker...
Written October 12, 2018
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EastmeetsWestAB
London, UK1,333 contributions
Absolutely a delight ! Rustic.
Jul 2018 • Friends
We spend a few hours in this village And it is a delight to see some old architecture and the simple life people live.

The village has dried fruits to buy And you can have a simple lunch here.

Walking along the village there are plaques explaining some of the key features.

Plenty of great photo opportunities.
Written July 16, 2018
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