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“irrigation”(8 reviews)
About 30 minutes from Turpan, Turpan, China
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank LLS0811
Reviewed 13 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

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.

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.

Thank Rosa N
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.

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!

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.

1  Thank Kim C
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

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.

1  Thank Lorah Z
Reviewed 17 November 2017

This is definitely worth a visit, especially as it helps you understand how the irrigation for the numerous farms is supplied with water. A real engineering feat!

1  Thank Geonannie
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