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Flaming Mountains

Flaming Mountains Travel Guide

The Flaming Mountains is situated on the northern edge of the Turpan Basin in Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Along the Turpan-Shanshan road there is about a hundred-kilometer chain of red mountains, which stretch in an east-west direction, with a width of about 10 kilometers from south to north. The mountains are an about 500 meters above sea level, with the highest point is 850 meters.

The barren mountains are mainly composed of red sandstone. In the severe heat of summer, the mountains seem to be on fire in the burning sun and become a purplish-brown color, and the red sandstone gives out red light just like fire, hence the name of Flaming Mountains.

The Flaming Mountains are very popular thanks to a classical novel -- The Journey to the West -- by the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) writer, Wu Cheng'en, and its charming hero -- the Monkey King. In the legend, it is said the Monkey King stirred up trouble in Heaven and was kicked off the oven for making immortal pills. Charcoals fell from the sky to where the Flaming Mountains now lie -- in the middle of the Turpan Basin.


You can hire a minibus for the day and take in a few of the sights around the area.

DCT Tips:

The best time to visit the Flaming Mountains is from Aug to Oct.

Flaming Moutain, Turpan Travel Guide
Flaming Moutain in Turpan

Flaming Moutain, Turpan Travel Guide

Flaming Moutain in Turpan

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Flaming Moutain, Turpan Travel Guide

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