Natural And Cultural Environment : Turpan Basin

1323 Words Apr 2nd, 2015 6 Pages
Located in the centre of the Eurasian Continent, with a remarkable area of 505m below sea level, Turpan Basin is definitely a “must visit” destination for most of the visitors to Xinjiang. Lying in the driest region of China, with most of the region receiving less than 200mm of rainfall every year, the region is frequently quoted as “sea of death” in many literatures. Hundreds of years before, Turpan had been an important stop for travelers on the Silk Road since the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD). Its historical sites, cultural sites and customs along with its landscape in turn makes Turpan a more mysteriously attractive to the adventurers around the world, drawing flocks of people trying to explore the secret of the region and seeing the great wonders of nature at the same time. However, the highly dependence on irrigation water resource and the under-developed infrastructure put constraint on the oases region`s survival and development. Therefore, with the region`s vulnerabilities co-existing with the incredible natural and cultural environment, more consideration is needed indeed for future decision-making.
Derived from the region`s vulnerabilities, several issues and potential threats on the Turpan oases can be anticipated during the current period: the uprising pressure on local eco-system due to the rapid increasing popularity of Turpan oases as a tourist destination, the expansion in the tourism industry are helping putting the capability of local water supply to the…
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