The minaret, 37 m high, is about 2 km to the southeast of Turpan. A 72-step spiral stairway inside the minaret leads to its top where visitors may have a panoramic view of Turpan. Nearby is a mosque which can accommodate one thousand Moslems for a religious service.
Opening hours: 10:00-14:00 15:30-19:30
The 446 km highway cuts across the Taklimakan Desert from Luntai in the north to Minfeng in the south. The roadbed is made of plastic nets, cobblestone, sand and asphalt in four layers. To prevent shifting sand from burying the road surface, a double barricade of a 1.2 m high plastic sheet wall on the outside and a reed net with cross-shaped design within has been erected along the road.
Located on the northern route of the ancient Silk Road, Korla is 471 km north to Urumqi and is the communications hub of southern xinjiang to link Urumqi and the inland of China. From Korla tourists can reach the southern Silk route by air or by bus through the Taklimakan Desert, second largest in the world. Major scenic spots include the Bayanbulak Grassland, Tiemen Pass, Bosten Lake, ancient city of Loulan, Huangmiao Temple of Balguntay and the wonderful landforms of Yadan.
Folk custom-Uygur wedding
There are more than 7.2 million Uygur people in xinjiang nowadays. The Uygur nationality has a long history which may be traced back to the time of the Dingling People a nomadic tribe in northern China in the third century B.C. The Uygurs have their unique forms of art and culture and special folk customs. A joyous and lively festive air prevailing at a Uygur wedging presents in general a true picture of the life and customs of the people.