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Karez Well System

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Introduction to Karez Well System (坎儿井)

The Karez Well System is constructed by the people of Xinjiang. The Karez Well System is a underwater irrigation system, over 2,000 years ago during the Han dynasty the basic shape was already formed, than it is passed on to middle Asia than to the Persian gulf. On the Turpan area, there are 1,100 different pipes, achieving 0.3 billion metres cube of water flow each year. It is the lifeline of the oasis.

The karez well system is designed according to the local Turpan geographical location and the characteristics of evaporation. It is divided in to the bright, dark, vertical and horizontal canals, each having different lengths. The longer ones can have a length of up to 20 kilometers, and the shorter ones can be around 100 meters.

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Xincheng Ximen Village, Ya'er Country, Turpan

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Main Sights

Karez System Museum

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Travel Information

Admission Fee: 40 Yuan
Opening Hours: 8:00AM - 5:00PM

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Travel Tips 

1. Try to avoid visiting Karez Well System during the summer holidays and Golden Week in October. There are many tour groups and local tourists during national holidays.

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Tour including Visiting Karez Well System

Orient-Express Northern Xinjiang 10 Days Tour

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