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Karez System

Xincheng Ximen Village, Ya'er Country, Turpan 838000, China
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Reviewed June 2, 2017

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

Thank Jim B
Reviewed May 29, 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 May 11, 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
Reviewed April 15, 2017 via mobile

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

1  Thank youke_worldwide
Reviewed April 4, 2017

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

1  Thank C-Liz1
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...More

Thank yEeVoNy25
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.

Thank jtaylor946
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

Thank Joseph_Martin111
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...More

Thank arnels0n
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...More

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