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Karez System, Turpan

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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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  • Hardworking people in Turpan, overcome the natural environment of hot, rainless, specific to local conditions created domestic Karez! Underground drains! A salute is amazing and people!
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  • The scope of this system for bringing water down from the mountain glaciers is amazing. Definitely worth a visit.  more »
  • 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.  more »

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