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The Turpan Desert Botanical Gardens

About 10 kilometers southeast of Turpan in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, the gardens occupy an area of 34 hectares and have introduced 463 species of desert plants from 247 families of these, 43 are classifed as endangered.

Its desert plant classification garden demonstrates samples of different spears, the Chinese tamarisk garden has cultivated 20 kinds of fixed Chinese tamarisk trees, half of China's total species, the national medicinal herb nursery has collected 50 kinds of medicinal plants, most are those frequently used by the Uygur ethnic minoritey. The gardens plan to build a rare plant district, a desert wild flower disnict, a fragrant plant district and a rare tree appreciation district

The gardens have spent great efforts in the study and cultivation of sand-fixing plants in order to promote the control of desert encroachment. The gardens have become a new scenic spot in the Turpan area. This green oasis in the shifting sands attracts numerous tourists throughout the year.

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