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The Silk Road Sights

Karez Irrigation System (Kǎn'erjǐng guàngài xìtǒng)

  • 888 Xincheng Lu Map It
  • Historic District/Site

Updated 03/06/2013

Fodor's Review

The remarkable 2,000-year-old system allowed the desert cities of the Silk Road to flourish despite an unrelentingly arid environment. In the oasis cities of Turpan and Hami, 1,600 km (990 miles) of underground tunnels brought water—moved only by gravity—from melting snow at the base of the Heavenly Mountains. You can view the tunnels at several sites around the city. Most tour guides take visitors to the largely educational Karez Irrigation Museum. Despite being described

as the "underground Great Wall," most visitors are completely underwhelmed by what are essentially narrow dirt tunnels.

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Sight Information

Address:

888 Xincheng Lu, on the city's western outskirts, Turpan, 838000, China

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Sight Details:

  • Y40
  • Daily 8–7

Updated 03/06/2013

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