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Flaming Mountains (Huoyan Shan)

Middle of Turpan Basin, Turpan 838200, China
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A bit overrated

There’s not a lot to see here compared to other sites in Turpan - the entire site has become... read more

Reviewed 10 December 2017
Beijing, China
via mobile
Not Worth A trip for Just This

If you happen to be driving past the Flaming Mountains on the to or from somewhere, by all means... read more

Reviewed 17 November 2017
Lake Mary, Florida
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Middle of Turpan Basin, Turpan 838200, China

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Reviewed 10 December 2017 via mobile

There’s not a lot to see here compared to other sites in Turpan - the entire site has become extremely commercialized and you can take photos of the mountains, ride camels, fly in a helicopter (not sure if the pilots are licensed), or rent dirt...More

Thank berr520
Reviewed 17 November 2017

If you happen to be driving past the Flaming Mountains on the to or from somewhere, by all means pull over and take a picture or two. I wouldn't waste money on admission when you can see the same thing from the roadside. it would...More

Thank Geonannie
Reviewed 6 November 2017

We passed by the flaming mountain on our way to an old village in a valley nearby. There's no need to go into the designated tourist area and pay the entrance fee in my opinion. just go to another side of the mountain and have...More

Thank wt1986
Reviewed 10 October 2017

The mountains were dramatic but not colourful on the way to way more interesting sites. Not worth a separate visit despite the evocative name.

Thank Archaeobuff
Reviewed 5 October 2017 via mobile

Desert experience - We went in the morning and it wasn’t as crowded compared to driving by during late afternoon. It is possible to ride camels for very reasonable prices.

Thank brit677
Reviewed 27 September 2017 via mobile

You have to know the story of the monkey king and his opponents before you can appreciate the sculpture they put out for the tourists to take photos The mountain was named the "flaming" mountain because of its location in the hot desert,in the Sumer...More

1  Thank Allan & Amy T
Reviewed 22 September 2017

The area is certainly hot as it is suggested by its name - Flaming mountains. It, however, is just like any 'ordinary' mountains in the world. At a glimpse, the photos taken from the area look like a construction site. The entrance fee is RMB40...More

Thank Karmaexplorer
Reviewed 17 September 2017

We visited on the 6th September 2017 and this is what we have to say : There are quite a lot of genuine beautiful places in China that you want to visit. This is definitely NOT one of them. Skip skip skip ................................skip.

Thank Uncle888
Reviewed 11 September 2017

Houyan Shan (Flaming Mountains), east of Xinjiang, is a huge sandstone mountain range 9-10 km wide and 100 km long stretch across the Tulufan (Turpan) Depression. The average height is 500m and at its highest point 800m. This was where characters of the famous Journey...More

Thank C M
Reviewed 2 September 2017 via mobile

FLAMING MOUNTAINS: IMHO, a huge no biggie. 100kms long and 5-10kms wide stretching across the Turpan Depression. Average height of 500m and 800m at its highest point. The visitors centre features a huge thermometer which says that this is the hottest spot in China. It...More

Thank JeanWN
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Response from ManfreddNg | Reviewed this property |
Vibha Mid range priced hotel in Turpan may not meet your expectations in a desert town .If you need a bed and drinking water then is is ok..I suggest you look for a better one in downtown...You can arrange from the... More
19 October 2015|
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Response from Jennytomkins | Reviewed this property |
If you're want to travel by train, there possibly is one. Just check it out. Train travel is not very enjoyable and it is difficult to organize tickets unless you speak Mandarin. It takes about two hours in a private bus to... More