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Turpan Kariz underground water system

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Old-time engineering

The Karez wells are pretty cool. The old inhabitants of the area built deep and long underground channels for water from nearby Tianshan to the Turpan basin. It's hard to enjoy if... read more

Reviewed 11 October 2016
Shanghai, China

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Quezon City, Philippines
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2017

Among the sites visited in Turpan, this was just so-so.. A bit of a tourist trap considering the price of the entrance tickets. You will learn about how the Uyghurs created the Underground Water System due to 2 things: the region is very dry and probably one of the hottest areas in China, being located in a valley, and agriculture... More 

Thank Ida C
Guangzhou, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 December 2016 via mobile

It was cool to visit here and see how people survived in the past before modern inventions. However, I didn't have so much interest in this museum and I found that our group went through quickly. I also didn't like that there were so many souvenir stalls in the museum and people trying to sell stuff. It made it feel... More 

Thank jtaylor946
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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249 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 October 2016

Ancient irrigation system built to carry the waters of the Tien Shan and Flaming mountain ranges to water the Turpan Basin (most of which is below sea-level). The importance of the irrigation system is that it enabled Turpan to flourish as one of the most important oasis's at the eastern end of the Silk Road, especially significant given that Turpan... More 

Thank MartinBaxter58
Shanghai, China
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116 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2016

The Karez wells are pretty cool. The old inhabitants of the area built deep and long underground channels for water from nearby Tianshan to the Turpan basin. It's hard to enjoy if you're stuck behind a bus of local tourists, but it is still very interesting.

Thank bgroe
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50 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

The engineering feat to dig 25 km of tunnel under the desert, keep alignment, maintenance traps and logistics under the desert is worth the visit. The drawback is that 50% of the visit is tourist junk, but you can always look without buying...

Thank Bernard C
Frisco, texas
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Reviewed 28 August 2016

The Karez system is an amazing engineering feat that was implemented hundreds of years ago to get water from the snow and water table at the foot of mountains to the towns for irrigation and drinking water. Because it was underground, there was no problem of evaporation due to the high temperatures in this desert like climate. Huge Engineering marvel.

Thank alikarim
Beijing, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 August 2016

The kariz system is truly amazing. To see the vineyards and explore the underground system was truly a learning experience.

Thank nmfozzie
Penistone, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 17 August 2016

The display and preparations did not really match the significance of the engineering feat. Definitely the grapes underline its significance; but I think the exhibition was a bit simple and 'tired' Would still recommend seeing it because of its significance

Thank Philippa65
Bangkok, Thailand
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Reviewed 18 July 2016 via mobile

The museum is not that great unless you know some of the history and are able to read the displays. Because I was with a group, I was hurried through, so yeah it was not that great. I wish I could have found where you could go down and see it underground. The museum did have a stream that ran... More 

Thank Swimmmer63
United Kingdom
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40 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 June 2016

Great museum showing you the massive engineering feat to get water to the oasis town, But the massive market/tourist shop that is the same length of the museum below was not worth it.

Thank bethzhang

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