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About 30 minutes from Turpan, Turpan, China
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Reviewed 24 October 2018

A visit to Karez underground irrigation system has gained my knowledge on the ancient technology. Human brains are so amazing, so intelligence, even on those old days! The underground water is so clean and still used by the people there.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank sy3717
Reviewed 23 September 2018

It's good to understand how the underground water system worked during ancient times. I find it annoying that halfway through, a couple of ladies dressed in traditional costumes make you pose with them for photos. Then on your way out, they will chase after you...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank LLS0811
Reviewed 12 September 2018

The kariz system dates from its inception thousand of years ago . It harvests rainwater that originates in the Tian Shan ( mountains ) and moves it via vertical wells that run parallel . They are about 1.5 metres in diameter , often up to...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank kidman255068
Reviewed 6 July 2018 via mobile

A good place to start to understand how the people use to get water. It's a pretty short visit. They do explain to you about vertical channel, open channel and hidden channel. Amazing how people in the old days knew ways to source water.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank EastmeetsWestAB
Reviewed 27 June 2018 via mobile

I can’t imagine how ancient people could do this!! They used their wisdom to build the water system that can facilitate the whole area to have water for planting.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank rosan988
Reviewed 12 June 2018

Here people in a desert environment figured out how to build a still in use water system. We enjoyed it a lot.

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank mflickermd
Reviewed 2 June 2018

Verrry small museum - too expensive! You cannot see the real wells, most of the spot area are shops! tourist trap!

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank AleksandraM866
Reviewed 21 May 2018

A big model at the entrance shows how a series of wells were dug deep into the ground and they are linked by a horizontal system using simple but ingenious techniques.

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank KC_Melbourne
Reviewed 6 May 2018

Surprisingly interesting to see the ingenious methods employed by local farmers and engineers to irrigate land on the edge of a desert. The museum has a lot of information, including with English descriptions. Walking the grounds is enjoyable, and exploring through the Karez helps you...More

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank Richard_7726
Reviewed 13 April 2018

Worth a visit if you're interesting in engineering or farming. The site has a museum at the back which explains the Karez system thoroughly. Accordingly, no guide is required, but of course, it's always useful.

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank Lorah Z
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