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Turpan, a hot place for special industries
2017-08-16 source:Chinadaily
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Tourists pose for photos next to a statue of Monkey King, a character of the 16th-century Chinese novel "Journey to the West", in the Flaming Mountains Scenic Area in Turpan, Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, April 6, 2014.[Photo/Xinhua]

Out of the past 2,006 days from Jan 1, 2012, to June 30, 2017, the temperature reached 35 C or above on 616 days in Turpan, Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region.

To take advantage of such climatic and geographical conditions, the locals have created special industries such as sand therapy and high temperature test of cars, boosting the area's tourism and economic development.

In summer, the temperature in Turpan reaches over 40 C. On the surface of the sand dunes, it hits 80 C.

Sand therapy, also called sand burying therapy, is a comprehensive treatment combining the effect of heat, massage and magnetic treatments. It cures some chronic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, hemiplegia, high blood pressure and neurasthenia.

Turpan has built sand therapy centers such as Sand Therapy Health Center, Shanshan Desert Park and Rukqin Sand Therapy Center.

In summer, many tourists are attracted to this area. People lie or sit under colorful sunshades, or bury themselves in the sand and drink hot teas to dissipate perspiration.