The scope of this system for bringing water down from the mountain glaciers is amazing. Definitely worth a visit.
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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
Karez is the system by which they get their water: essentially this is desert so water which melts from the mountains is brought to the town via underground caverns This is a museum that describes the process: it's really quite ingenious for something invented 2000...More
The Museum is small, but the water system is amazed. Karez systems are the crystallization of ancient Chinese people's diligence and intelligence. Karez systems are the life source of Turpan. In a sense, without them, there would be no Turpan culture. It is worth to...More
Was with a tour group and visiting the Karez Museum was part of our itinerary, Informative trip where they explained how their irrigation system works back in the olden days even up till today. The tour takes about 30 – 45mins within the museum, and...More
This was a very small museum with endless stalls selling souvenirs and snacks. It was interesting to see the museum and the irrigation system and it is very impressive and a feat of engineering but it felt like a huge tourist trap.
While the Karez system was developed in Iran and not China, the Uighers used it to make the desert bloom and put Turpan on the map as the fruit capitol of Xinjiang and much of China. Unfortunately, modern well drilling has brought the aquifer levels...More
Date of visit: 18/09/2016 I was expecting to go underground and walk for a couple of hours discovering the Karez system but instead of that the visit is limited to a 500m walk underneath and then stalls with vendors outside. So the visit last less...More