If Helen Frankenthaler's Message from Degas were a place, it would be.........
Turpan is a smallish city (by China standards!) located on the Silk Road in the Gobi Desert. It is a very dry, barren place with a harsh landscape. The photo above reminds me so much of Message from Degas. The smooth, stark surface interrupted by the organic flow of the river.
The area surrounding Turpan is agricultural, focusing on grapes and melons. They are known for their raisins which are dried in huts like the one above. The raisins are so full of flavor and there are many varieties. I can easily say they were the best I've ever eaten.