Turpan is an important city on the ancient Silk Road. It not only has delicious fruits, but also is rich in history and culture. If you plan to visit Xinjiang, it is highly recommended to spend at least 2 days in Turpan exploring Jiaohe Ancient City, appreciating the ingenious Karez System, feeling the heat and magnificent scene at Flaming Mountain... You can find several 5-star and 4-star hotels in Turpan where you can have a very comfortable stay. But in general, the accommodation conditions can not measure up to hotels with the same star rate in big cities like Beijing and Shanghai. Planning ahead about Turpan accommodation will help for a Turpan trip.
Where to Stay in Turpan?
The most recommended area to stay a night in Turpan is downtown Turpan. Here is more detailed information about where to stay in Turpan, including the recommended hotels in Turpan downtown, accommodation advice when visiting main attractions such as Flaming Mountain and the accommodation conditions in Turpan Jiaohe Airport.
Recommended Turpan Tours:
With convenient transportation and various hotel choices, Turpan downtown is the most recommended accommodation area. What's more, main attractions such as Jiaohe Ancient City, Karez System, Turpan Museum, Grape Valley are all in or not far away from downtown and you can get there easily. In addition, there are many restaurants, shopping malls, snack streets around. Here are some recommended hotels:
Address: No.230 Wenhua Road, Turpan, about 14 km (30 minutes’ drive) to Turpan North Railway Station, 17 km (30 minutes’ drive) to Turpan Jiaohe Airport.
Turpan Tuha Petroleum Hotel is a comprehensive five-star hotel integrating multiple functions, including accommodation, catering, entertainment, conference, gymnasium, sauna, business, tourism, etc. The hotel has 143 guest rooms, 4 restaurants and 2 bars in entirely different styles; recreational center is equipped with satisfying facilities; Wifi service is available for your pastime and convenience to handle business affairs.
Address: Huijin 1, West Wenhua Road, Gaochang District, Turpan, about 12.5 km (25 minutes’ drive) to Turpan North Railway Station, 14 km (25 minutes’ drive) to Turpan Jiaohe Airport.
Atour Hotel is located in the commercial center of Turpan City, close to People's Square. This modern 4-star hotel has complete supporting facilities to create a comfortable and quiet accommodation experience for you. Apart from the basic services such as free wifi, 24-hour hot water, restaurant, etc. Atour Hotel has 24-hour laundry service, a large collection of books in the lobby, and each room is decorated with exquisite photography works.
Address: South of Shuiyun Square, Donghuan Road, Turpan, about 15 km (25 minutes’ drive) to Turpan North Railway Station, 17 km (25 minutes’ drive) to Turpan Jiaohe Airport.
Huozhou Mercure Hotel is an elegant and comfortable hotel with all kinds of guest rooms and complete facilities. You can feel the unique ancient Silk Road atmosphere in different themed rooms called Chang'an, Dunhuang, Loulan, Xizhou, Qiuci and Wangfu. There is a cafeteria providing you with delicious food and snacks. You will have a pleasant accommodation experience here with the first-class services.
Flaming Mountain is more than the tourist-flooded Flaming Mountain Scenic Area, which is about 29 km, 35 minutes’ drive from downtown. It is a much more extensive area covering many attractions, such as Flaming Mountain Grand Canyon, Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves and Grape Valley. It is most recommended to stay in Turpan downtown and charter a car to Flaming Mountain, which is also what most tourists do, because there are not many hotels and it is not convenient to accommodate there with few facilities. The nearest star-rated hotels you can find in the Flaming Mountain area are near Grape Valley (which is only 4 km away from downtown).
Turpan Jiaohe Airport is about 17 km, 30 minutes’ drive from downtown Turpan, and the high-speed rail station - Turpan North Railway Station is just 2 km away from the airport. If you are arriving in Turpan late or need to catch a flight or high speed train in the early morning, you can find some hotels nearby. There are a couple of 3-star hotels, but most are 2-star or not-star-rated hotels. They may not be as good as the ones in downtown, but they are enough for a rest and it is easy to find restaurants around.
Address: Building 13, Gaotie Shidai Square, Gangcheng Jiaohe Avenue, about 200m to Turpan North Railway Station, 1.8 km to Turpan Jiaohe Airport.
Homeinn is a chain hotel that you can see in many cities in China. This one is very close to Turpan Jiaohe Airport. You can find snack stalls, supermarkets, local specialties, etc. within 50m around the hotel. The hotel has well designed rooms, reasonable price, a comfortable environment, nutritious breakfast, free wifi…You can also have a cup of coffee in the business area in the lobby. If you do not know where to stay near the airport, this is a good choice.
Address: In the West of Zhanqian Square, Turpan North Railway Station, about 2 km to Turpan Jiaohe Airport.
Turpan Mintai Holiday Hotel opened in 2017. Though only a 2-star hotel, it has an advantageous location and convenient access to shops and restaurants. Basic facilities such as wifi, 24-hour front desk, and hot water are all available. The staff are friendly and the rooms are clean. It is a good choice for a comfortable stay near the airport if you do not insist on a high standard for accommodation.
How to Get to Turpan: There are high speed trains to Turpan from Xian (about 12.5h), Lanzhou (about 9.5h), Xining (about 8h), Zhangye (about 6.5h), Jiayuguan (about 5h), Dunhuang (about 3.5h), etc. and flights from Urumqi (1h), Beijing (5.5h), Lanzhou (2.5h), Changsha (4.5h), Korla (1h), Burqin (1h15min), etc. Many travelers also travel to Urumqi by flight first and then transfer to Turpan.
Best Time to Visit Turpan: May to October is the best time to visit Turpan. It is cold in late autumn and winter (November ~ next February) and rather windy in early and mid-spring (March and April). The temperature is high in summer, but you will get a lot of sweet fruits.
Generally, a classic Turpan tour takes 2 ~ 3 days. If your time is limited, you can focus on the essence of Turpan City. We suggest you spend 1 day touring the highlights of Turpan City, such as Karez System - a magic project bringing out underground water to this barren land, Turpan Museum where lots of historical exhibits including mummies are collected and Jiaohe Ancient City - the world's largest and oldest city ruins, and another day exploring its attractive surroundings, including Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Cave with exquisite murals & profound Buddhist culture, Flaming Mountain Grand Canyon with breathtaking landform, and peaceful Mazar Village (in Tuyuk Valley) where people still live traditionally. If you have one more day, don't miss Kumtag Desert, a beautiful desert offering amazing desert landscape and many interesting activities (like jeep safari, desert hiking, desert surfing, etc.).
Of course, it's far from enough if you just visit Turpan. Travelers always travel Turpan with Urumqi - the tourist center in northern Xinjiang together. It needs about 1~2 days to visit landmarks of Urumqi City, like Xinjiang Regional Museum, Red Hill Park and Erdaoqiao Grand Bazzar. Heavenly Lake, only 70 km away from Urumqi downtown is a must. If you are interested in Muslim culture and Silk Road culture, don't hesitate to go to Kashgar, one of Xinjiang's golden triangle tourist cities together with Turpan and Urumqi. In Kashgar, there is time-honored Kashgar Old City, yellow-tiled Id Kah Mosque, busy Grand Sunday Bazaar, etc.
If your time allows, traveling along China's Silk Road is strongly recommended. You can trace the footprints of ancient travelers from Xian - China's old capital city of 13 dynasties, to Qinghai (Xining, Qinghai Lake), Gansu (Zhangye, Jiayuguan, Dunhuang) and Xinjiang (Urumqi, Turpan, Kashgar). An in-depth Silk Road tour can be 2 weeks long, but you can spend a shorter time admiring the essence at your own pace.
☛ 10 Days Classic Silk Road Tour (Xian - Dunhuang - Turpan - Kashgar)
☛ 11 Days In-depth Wild Silk Road Adventure Tour (Lanzhou - Zhangye - Jiayuguan - Dunhuang - Urumqi - Kasgar)
☛ 12 Days Silk Road Tour from Beijing (Beijing - Xian - Dunhuang - Turpan - Urumqi)
Top 3 Turpan tours chosen by most customers to explore Turpan in the best way. Check the detailed itinerary, or tailor your own trip now with us.
Lanzhou - Zhangye - Jiayuguan - Dunhuang - Turpan - Urumqi - Kashgar
Urumqi - Turpan - Kashgar - Tashkurgan
Urumqi / Turpan / Korla / Kuqa / Taklimakan Desert / Minfeng / Hongtan / Kashgar / Tashkurgan
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