Emin Minaret (Su Gong Tower)

Admission:

RMB 50

Hours:

Peak season: 8am-9pm daily, Low Season: 10am-6:30pm daily

How to get there:

From Turpan Railway Station (Tǔlǔfān Huǒchēzhàn, 吐鲁番火车站), walk to Gardening Spot (Yuányìcháng, 园艺场) and take bus 102, which goes to Emin Minaret.

The Emin Minaret (Sūgōng Tǎ, 苏公塔), located 2 km (1.5 mi) east of Turpan, stands 44 m (144 ft) high, and is proudly the tallest minaret in China.

Established in 1777 during the Qing Dynasty, the Emin Minaret is well-known for its unusual and unique architectural design, while the elegant design and decoration add to it's beauty.

While designed to be an Islamic-style building, the minaret is very much influenced by Chinese features, with both Chinese and Uyghur language engraved on the stele in front.

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, where stunning panoramic views of Turpan will greet you. Mosque services are held every Friday and on holidays.

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