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After a short sojourn at Urumqi, we headed for Turpan(Tulufan 吐魯番) via that "romantic" Dabancheng(達坂城). Along the way between two cities there are thousands of turbines erected on the vast ground of Turpan basin to establish the 2nd largest wind farm of China. (Wind farms in Taiwan? Forget it; it is simply a matter of common sense.)
(Photo captured from internet)
In the evening we arrived at a memorial hall of Kariz canal system(坎兒井). An interpreter led us to see how had the sicentific culverts of the canal system been built and so drew water of thawed snow from that legendary "flamming mountains" of Tian Shan to the basin and formed a large span of fertile oases. Is the system a domestic invention of our ancestors in Turpan 2000 years ago(not necessarily Han people), or a borrowed tech sometime from Mid-Asia? Well, it doesnt matter any more. Let us just pay our greatest respect to the intelligence of those people in ancient time. FYI, when Lord Lin Zexu(林則徐) was downgraded and sent to Xinjiang in exile after his "ineptitude" during First Opium War, he spared no efforts in promoting Kariz canal system in Turpan area.
坎兒井 from Wiki
PS Attached below please find the lyrics, popular edtion, of that romantic song 達坂城的姑娘, which has adapted from a Uyghur folk song. (from Wiki)
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