Turpan–Hottest Place on Earth?

I’m not sure if it is the hottest place, but it is definitely the hottest I’ve ever had a chance to visit. Day time temperatures get to around 65-70C, which is around 150-160F! The bellow giant thermometer shows 65C. This is the home to the Bull Demon King and Iron-fan Princess.

Do you think people live in those conditions? Of course they do. They adapt to it and make very interesting architectural changes to their houses.  

Turpan is located in western part of China, in Xin Jiang province, about 150 miles east from Urumqi. We rented a car from our hotel – with a driver – to take us there. It was not cheap, but money spent is totally worth the experience we got from the trip, and convenience of a good car, with good AC, with local driver who knows how to drive Chinese highways is really priceless.

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Getting Ready for Business

Young Chinese, or maybe she is Uyghur – highly unlikely as she is wearing pants, girl is getting ready for business in Urumqi China. I believe those are apples or some type of other fruit, covered in some kind of glazing, probably sold for about 30-40 cents (2-3 Chinese Yuan) per stick. We just visited Hong Shan Park (Red Mountain) and were walking back to our hotel when I saw her standing along near this decaying apartment building, patiently getting ready for another round of selling cycle, hoping to make a bit of living on whatever tiny profit margin she will get from it.

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