Turpan City (pop 254,900)
Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region
The People’s Republic of China
September 27, 2016
Turpan is the “Raisin Capital of China.” In a country of one and a half billion people, the Capital of Anything is impressive.
In the Turpan Depression, the winter temperatures are below frigid. But in summer the sun bakes the land. Apparently, the local crops thrive in the extreme heat. The sugar content of the grapes (and melons) increases dramatically.