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Xincheng Ximen Village, Ya'er Country, Turpan 838000, China
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Although very touristic place, it is worth finding out how in such a desert place you can get water.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank mogolan
Reviewed 24 October 2018

I don’t know about you, but I can’t imagine creating a fresh water supply for a desert. Especially one that could turn a dry patch of dirt/sand into a grape vineyard. Yet, somehow the ancients figured out how to do just that in Turpan, the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Jane W
Reviewed 2 October 2018 via mobile

Nothing real. Some fake exhibition of canals and pipes. I saw real karez at tugok village which was way better.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank mohomed28
Reviewed 21 September 2018

This is something I was looking forward to as there achievement was amazing. I was very interested in seeing the real thing and meeting the minority people who had achieved it but was sadly disappointed. Also had heard so much about the grapes and raisins...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank luolun1968
Reviewed 19 August 2018 via mobile

This is a disappointing visit. There is little that look original except for some tools that we're used to create the karezs. It feels more like a museum piece and it can get crowded. However, it is testament to a remarkable feat of ancient engineering...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Lankylee
Reviewed 25 April 2018

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.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 13 April 2018 via mobile

Can skip if you dont have time. Nothing much here. Just ancient well. This place gave some knowledge about how the canel was made.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Tonkarn08
Reviewed 25 November 2017

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 as rivaling the Great Wall. There is not a lot to...More

Date of experience: May 2017
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Reviewed 6 November 2017

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 it was a good thing we visited...More

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank wt1986
Reviewed 10 October 2017

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 really set up for internal tourism and as such loses its veracity and ambience...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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