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Address: Xincheng Ximen Village, Ya'er Country, Turpan 838000, China
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Informative Trip, but Not a Must-visit Place

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... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed January 15, 2017
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Singapore, Singapore
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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2017

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 you’ll find yourself walking through endless souvenir stores as you exit your way back to... More 

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Guangzhou, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2016 via mobile

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.

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W US
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 24, 2016

I like this way of watering the farming land in the past, it is really impressive and can not beleve how it was made

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Jackson, Wyoming
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2016

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 down in many places, drying up about 800 of these ancient canals.

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Beijing
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2016

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 than 15mn Doesn't worth it at all. The private driver I was with showed me... More 

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Sandnes, Norway
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

This is a "museum" built on to of a short section of old Karez which has been restored in such a way that it gives a rather decent display of how a proper Karez is made and what it looks like. It also has several signs in both Mandarin and English telling some of the history of the Karez and... More 

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Prior Lake, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

It was amazing to see this farming paradise in the middle of the desert. This cite teaches you how farmers thousands of years ago figured out a way to access the underground aquifers so they could farm in the desert. Most of the ways of farming back then are still used today. However because of the industrialization and over access... More 

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Tokyo, Japan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2016

Very intelligent people knowing how to use a simple non mechanism system to transport water to their farmland. Too many local tourists and entrance fees was pricey

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Mollymook, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2016

The system is well preserved in this musuem. It would have been good to also see it in the field to get a real feel for the water supply

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2016 via mobile

It's said to be one of the 3 outstanding ancient achievements including the Great Wall. From an engineering stand point it is remarkable what they achieved. Therefore I would recommend a visit. But generally it's all about digging tunnels and getting water to places underground. So it is difficult to give credit to such an achievement.

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