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Karez System

Xincheng Ximen Village, Ya'er Country, Turpan 838000, China
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Xincheng Ximen Village, Ya'er Country, Turpan 838000, China
Xincheng Ximen Village, Ya'er Country, Turpan 838000, China
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Reviewed 25 November 2017

This is an underground aqueduct system created thousands of years ago to move war water from snowpacks from nearby mountains to this oasis. The accomplishment is in fact great and the Chinese view it as rivaling the Great Wall. There is not a lot to...More

Thank Paul C
Reviewed 6 November 2017

The ancient design of the water system is pretty much the same as the other nations in the middle east or a number of desert nations. The sample site for tourists is small. Good for small groups. So it was a good thing we visited...More

Thank wt1986
Reviewed 10 October 2017

What is it about some Chinese tourist groups with leaders with loudspeakers. They are so noisy especially in the confined space of an otherwise interesting underground canal system. This place is really set up for internal tourism and as such loses its veracity and ambience...More

Thank Archaeobuff
Reviewed 27 September 2017 via mobile

This tour is very educational It shows how ancient people risk their lives can design a system to find underground water,with cold frozen feet to dig underground tunnel The other fascinating thing is how they can make the tunnel straight by using the " pointing"...More

Thank Allan & Amy T
Reviewed 22 September 2017

This is one of tourist attractions in Turpan. I personally don't think it is worth a visit. As it is one of must-visit tourist attractions for tourist groups, you have to prepare for long queue for everything. While the site charged every tourist RMB40 as...More

Thank Karmaexplorer
Reviewed 2 September 2017 via mobile

KAREZ: one of the three major projects of Ancient China; an ingenious system of boreholes in the desert at frequent intervals tapping into the underground cool glacial waters coming from the surrounding Tianshan snow capped mountains. The irrigation system supports the vineyards, loads of fresh...More

Thank JeanWN
Reviewed 30 August 2017

The Turpan Karez Museum is also known as the Turpan Water Museum The word karez means "well" in the local Uyghur language. The karez is an impressive hydraulic engineering project as well as a cultural achievement. Melting snow from the Tianshan Mountain is the water...More

Thank jennyMalaysia18
Reviewed 2 June 2017

The scope of this system for bringing water down from the mountain glaciers is amazing. Definitely worth a visit.

Thank Jim B
Reviewed 30 May 2017 via mobile

A must do, if you want to discover how they manage to have water in Turpan ! The site is also very nice, and the small musée very well done. It explains super well the system.

1  Thank ValerieM7651
Reviewed 11 May 2017

This is a huge underground watering system for the vineyards of Turpan. The system is demonstrated and you can actually walk along parts of the tunnels. Amazing

Thank Lynn G
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