Turpan is a region of vineyards thanks to the defrosted water of the nearby Tian mountains, collected by wells and tunnels, and distributed through a network of canals. Seeing the crops, no one would say that this city is 154 meters below the sea level and is the hottest part of China, where summer temperatures can exceed 120 °F. One of the most exciting thing about Turpan is its culture. This is one of the few Chinese cities that has an Uyghur majority population, and this reflects in the different customs, food, nightlife, and architecture of the place. Visit the earthy colored Emin Minaret, explore the ancient Karez Wells, and end the day with a cold beer in one of the vineyards.