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Private Tour to the Ancient Karez System and the Emin Minaret / Half Day

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 1 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 10 people
Destination(s): China  
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 25 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 76 US Dollar (USD)


Depart from your hotel to visit the Ancient Karez system. The Ancient Karez system is comprised of a series of wells and linking underground channels that uses gravity to bring ground water to the surface, usually far from the source. In Turpan city there are more than 470 systems, totaling over 1,600 kilometers of tunnels. It is considered as one of the three great projects in China with the other two being the Great Wall and the Grand Canal. The history of Karez can be traced back to the Han dynasty. Most of karezes existing today in the Turpan were built in the Qing dynasty.

Then visit the Emin Minaret. Just 2km East of Turpan, it consists both a mosque and a minaret tower built in 1778 by the local Muslim ruler, Emin Hoja. Also known as Sugong Tower after Emin's Chinese name, the minaret was built in a simple Islamic style. It is circular, 44 meters in height, and 10 meters in diameter at the base. Unfortunately, the minaret is no longer open to the public in an effort to preserve the structure; however, you can view the surroundings from the roof of the mosque. As for the mosque, although it is rather bare inside, services are held every Friday and on holidays. Then be transferred back to your hotel.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.