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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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  • And thought how to devise, or whether using water here, water is rare in Japan and I feel that there is a thing. Vines can be seen, will be studied. However here is a perfect tourist destination, but worth a look is.
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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...  more »
  • Although tourist site, allows to realize what are the Karez and functioning.
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