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Karez System, Turpan

Categories: Bodies of Water, Landmarks, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
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Discover the ingenuity of ancient peoples as you explore the impressive irrigation system of Karez System. Sometimes referred to as "the underground Great Wall," at its peak the system consisted of over 5,000 km (3,106 mi) of tunnels, with a recorded history extending all the way back to 103 BCE. Systems like this were built to capitalize on subterranean aquifers, channeling their water through sloping underground tunnels toward human settlements, providing a steady supply of water and the opportunity to grow crops. Touring the site, you'll have the chance to learn about how this feat of ancient engineering was achieved, understand the cultures that benefited from it, and explore some of the distinctive tunnels. For Karez System and beyond, use our Turpan trip generator to get the most from your Turpan vacation.
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  • 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, mo...  read more »
  • Although tourist site, allows to realize what are the Karez and functioning.
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  • To understand the functioning of karez, better is to take in book or consult Internet. Explanations and reconstructions are very sketchy. However the length of merchants, more so than visiting in it, shows the interest of this museum. Avoid to avoid wasting his time.
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