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Xinjiang Grape Festival


Date: August 20-26
Venue: Turpan (Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region)

Grape cultivation in the world-famous city of Turpan dates back to more than 2000 years ago. Of the 100-odd grain strains in Turpan, the seedless white grapes, dubbed "green pearls of China", are the most precious. The raisin and wine produced in Turpan are known for their lingering good tastes.

Xinjiang Grape FestivalMost of Turpan's grapes are grown in the renowned Grape Valley, or "Pearl City in the Desert".

The Xinjiang Grape Festival was first launched in 1990 and has since become an annual event in Turpan. Tourists may attend Uygur wedding ceremonies and performances of lighthearted and graceful local dances. Hami melon contest is held, and trade fairs are arranged.

In addition, travelers may visit the grape, melon and fruit streets and see commercial camel teams traveling along the Silk Road as they did 2,000 years ago.