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Xinjiang Grape Festival
Time: April 20-26 every year
Venue: Turpan, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region
Origin: Grape cultivation in the world-famous city of Turpan dates back to more than 2000 years ago. Of the 100-odd grain strains in Turpan, the seedless white grapes, dubbed ¡°green pearls of China,¡± are the most precious. The raisin and wine produced in Turpan are known for their lingering good tastes. Most of Turpan¡¯s grapes are grown in the renowned Grape Valley, or ¡°Pearl City in the Desert.¡± The Xinjiang Grape Festival was first launched in 1990 and has since become an annual event in Turpan.

What¡¯s On: Wedding in the Uygur style, mashlap (lively and humorous folk dance), nazkum (witty art performance), Koco-style songs and dances, Hami-melon competition, trade negotiations, tour of the Street of Grapes and Melons, and camel caravans reminiscent of the Silk Road more than 2,000 years ago.