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