TRAVEL China's 'heat pole' bakes as temperature hits 83 C

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China's 'heat pole' bakes as temperature hits 83 C

Mao Weihua and Wang Jianfen | chinadaily.com.cn

13:15, June 27, 2018

A huge thermometer shows ground surface temperature at 83 degrees Celsius in a scenic area in Turpan, Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, June 25, 2018. (Photos provided to chinadaily.com.cn)

More than 2,500 tourists flocked to Northwest China's Turpan to enjoy the extreme heat as temperature rose to 83 degrees Celsius at 16:00 on Monday, Xinjiang Morning Post reported on Tuesday.

It was the highest ground surface temperature recorded this year, the newspaper citing an official in Turpan said.

Tourists flock to the scenic area to enjoy the extreme heat, June 25, 2018. 

Wang Hong, deputy general manager of the Turpan Flame Mountain Scenic Area, said that this was the fourth time the temperature surged over 80 degrees Celsius since June.

Last year, the highest recorded temperature was 89 degrees Celsius on July 11.

A huge thermometer shows ground surface temperature at 83 degrees Celsius in a scenic area in Turpan, Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, June 25, 2018. 

A huge thermometer, 12 meters tall and 65 centimeters wide, measures the temperature. Located at the center of the scenic area, it is one of the favorite places for tourists to take photos.

Wang said the thermometer could measure surface temperature as high as 100 degrees Celsius, with margin of error within 0.5 degrees.

The area bakes eggs using sand. 

The area bakes eggs using sand, a popular preparation among tourists. On Monday alone, about 240 such eggs were sold.

Wang said the best time to enjoy the heat is between 15:00 and 16:00 when the surface temperature is at its peak. He said a new record will be made in July.

Turpan in Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region is known as China's "heat pole".

An egg baked using sand.

Tourists are seen near the site where eggs are baked.

Tourists are seen near the site where eggs are baked. 

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