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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. Use our Turpan attractions app to arrange your visit to Karez System and other attractions in Turpan.
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  • No much of a scenic tour, but very educational to learn the ancient way of irrigation. Salute Karez for his brave and most innovative task of agricultural cultivation in the old days.  more »
  • Site completely laid out for Chinese groups and without much interest except a few models that explain the Karez well system
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  • Can skip if you dont have time. Nothing much here. Just ancient well. This place gave some knowledge about how the canel was made.  more »
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