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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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  • This is an underground aqueduct system created thousands of years ago to move war water from snowpacks from nearby mountains to this oasis. The accomplishment is in fact great and the Chinese view it ...  more »
  • The ancient design of the water system is pretty much the same as the other nations in the middle east or a number of desert nations. The sample site for tourists is small. Good for small groups. So i...  more »
  • What is it about some Chinese tourist groups with leaders with loudspeakers. They are so noisy especially in the confined space of an otherwise interesting underground canal system. This place is real...  more »

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