Turpan or Turfan literally means 'Rich and Fertile Land' in Turkic, sits at the very centre of Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region and is separated from the capital city Urumqi by the enthralling and mysterious Heavenly Mountain (Tianshan) in the north. In its south lies the great Taklamakan Desert, the second largest desert in the world. A desert bastian, it is situated in the low 'Turfan Depression' 150 metres below sea level, one of the lowest places on earth and the hottest in China which account for its extreme climate, well above 40oC in summer and far below freezing point in winter.
As early as the Han dynasty Turpan, an obscure backwater was once a crucial point along the Northern Silk Road. With its abundance of light and heat, this largely Uighur populated oasis town is reputed as the 'Hometown of Grapes' and its large oasis produces most of the best grapes in China. This easy going town despite the intense heat has been made livable by the construction of vines and trellises providing avenues of shade from the scorching sun. Every household has a ventilated barn on the roof and some of the world's finest grapes are produced here, thanks to the irrigation project known as Karez System, which is considered one of the three greatest ancient projects eponymous with Great Wall and Grand Canal in China.
There are few cars here and donkey carts dominate, the most popular mode of transport amongst the local. One of the nicest way to spend the late afternoon is to rent a donkey cart and take short trip of the countryside south of town, a world of dusty tracks, vineyards, wheat fields, shady poplars trees, running streams and incredibly friendly smiling Uighurs.
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serp2000 (33133) 2011-06-08 6:15
Ni hao, Abmdsudi,
Good presentation of daily lif of Xinjiang. I have never been here, unfortunatelly. Simple but interesting photo and an useful note.
wolf38 (29116) 2011-06-08 7:34
Hello abmdsudi. Easy going. Yes, a very easygoing mood. Everything goes as usual. China is a country of great contrasts. The photo shows a beautiful moment. Well seen and presented. Rgds, Wolfgang.
Ninello52 (7065) 2011-06-08 7:39
Beautiful shot with this camera low! But where were you? On the ground? Beautiful car with two people in that avenue with beautiful green trees! Beautiful scene!
Best Regards, Nino.
lousat (64197) 2011-06-08 9:01
Very very nice pic...on the road.A beautiful perspective from an excellent point of view,great light balance,sharpness and colors for a beautiful result.Nice to see something to different on TE.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano
saxo042 (33926) 2011-06-08 9:27
Without the distant car and the motorbikes, this could have been a capture from a long time ago. A beautiful and very interesting picture with a clear human interest.
jlbrthnn (79789) 2011-06-08 11:17
It is a magnificent photo, of another time. The neatness and the depth are excellent. The light and the colors are good. Bravo.
Have a nice day
siamesa (27461) 2011-06-08 14:09
Boa noite Abmdsudi
A simple and very common way of transport in the countryside . People use it to work. Excellent register.
geoant68 (2861) 2011-06-09 0:04
this daily snapshot is a good reportage shot for these people of Turpan.It is nice to rent someone a donkey cart, to take his stroll in the countryside of the area,seeing all these you write in your note.
siudzi (27757) 2011-06-09 3:57
This is very interesting shot of this unusual daily life scene. Your point of view was great so we can see great depth of the road. Well done and thanks for sharing.
dkmurphys (42493) 2011-06-09 5:31
You've captured a fine atmosphere taken from a different time. So calm and peaceful, their life is running in another rhytm. Good work, enjoy the day.
npecanhuk (56368) 2011-06-09 5:46
Very nice and interesting daily life & transportation picture!
Level of sharpness, exposure, chosen pov, colors, horizontal format, contrasts, black & white borders and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
sacimar (25969) 2011-06-09 5:46
good composition, I like this image of daily life, you captured a good moment with the woman turning back, interesting note also, well done,
Cricri (92185) 2011-06-09 8:11
C'est une jolie façon de se déplacer, c'est une scéne particulière et belle, bonne profondeur, gestion de la lumière et des couleurs, intéressante note
adramad (30925) 2011-06-09 8:18
Very nice image that conveys the atmosphere and experiences of this part of the world, a very relaxed way to travel on these carts for a place so shaded. The image has a good perspective and beautiful shades of green are very much alive.
Good Housekeeping optimum brightness and sharpness.
peppe59 (14551) 2011-06-09 9:54
beautiful picture of daily life, captured with quality and technology, compliments
dip (22130) 2011-06-09 10:58
very beautiful and interesting daily life scene,very well captured,nice title as well:)
vasilpro (40557) 2011-06-09 13:49
Wonderful daily life composition, beautiful street scene, lovely light and colors, excellent POV and timing, I like the woman that turn her head to the left, TFS!
Greetings from Greece, Vasilis.
Budapestman (82620) 2011-06-09 15:16
a superb daily life photo with attractive composition and graphic details, I like the POV and the atmosphere of the photo, Tfs! Have a nice evening! Kellemes estét kívánok!
Charo (51208) 2011-06-09 16:54
It's funny view images of everyday life, where the transport in the XXI century is still as many years ago.
Good capture with excellent dynamics and colors.
shevchenko (18725) 2011-06-10 0:33
Nice street view in the spring while all trees by the roadside are dense with greenery leaves, good capture to variety types of passing transportation, thanks for sharing a corner that full with harmonious feel.
bukitgolfb301 (32638) 2011-06-10 0:43
Hi apa kabar Bapak Abmdsudi
Another intersting China Islamic shot!
Best composition and moment you captured!
Very tatseful atmosphere, I would like to go there sonnest. Thanks for your sharing with finest work, have a good day!
jhm (127995) 2011-06-11 0:51
Thank you very much for your interesting notes, I learn everyday on TE.
Depth and perspective are excellent, splendid addition the farmer with horse and chariot
Sharpness and clarity are pleasant.
Composition and presentation are nice for look at. TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
delpeoples (48634) 2011-06-11 7:35
I'm impressed with how well you managed that difficult sky. Using the trees to dominate was excellent photography. The image is beautifully balanced with the 2 elements in the foreground, both very interesting. The image is razor sharp and gives the impression of three dimensionality. Great work as usual. A very cleverly crafted image.
Have a good weekend
emilbo (21483) 2011-06-11 8:37
Une prise de vue très intéressante sur cette route de terre bordée de magnifiques arbres. La vieille charrette, avec les deux personnages, bien placée dans la composition est le point principal pour la beauté de la photo. Beau mouvement de va- et- vient et superbes couleurs.
Toutes mes amitiés et bonne fin de semaine,
josepmarin (56481) 2011-06-12 8:43
the low POV creates a deep perspective, in a simple and powerful composition.
You have caught a scene of the daily life, fresh, natural and very spontaneous, with the dynamism that some vehicles provide, especially the donkey cart in foreground.
It is a good work, with an interesting informative note.
jmdias (48351) 2011-06-28 7:20
an interesting view of the place with the road, people in movement and greens around. nice job. full of life. excellent note, TFS
Gerrit (43763) 2011-07-18 6:44
good low POV and her looking back.
Very strong photo.