Wednesday, November 2, 2011

An Oasis in the desert of Central Asia

Turpan is the second-lowest place on Planet Earth - only the Dead Sea is lower.
This is a true oasis in the desert, where countless varieties of grapes are grown, along with figs, dates, pomegranates, and melons.

One of the grape-drying houses that cover the countryside in Turpan.

Raisins on the vine

Turpan's most famous grape is the Sultana - the sweetest, most delicious grapes (and raisins!) I've ever tasted!

Different varieties of raisin at one of of the marketplaces
Dried apricots, raisins, dates, and nuts. Nom nom! 


  1. Betcey, these are beautiful images and great background info! I love that you are sharing your recent journey with us here :)

  2. Thanks, Drea!
    We did so much, and saw so much that I can't even begin to touch on it all. I still have hundreds and hundreds of pictures I haven't gone thru . . . hence, the very sporadic postings!