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Emin Tower

Image Located in the tableland of Munag village of Putao Town, 2km east of Turpan City, the Emin Tower is an ancient Islamic tower with unique style. Every year, a great number of people come here for visit or worship.
As the largest ancient tower in Xinjiang, Ermin Tower was built in 1778 and has a history of over 200 years. In memory of achievements made by his father and as an expression of his loyalty to the Qing Dynasty, Suman, the chief of the Turpan Prefecture and the second son of Ermin Hoja who was a famous general of the Qing Dynasty, spent 7000 liang of silver on his own and built the Ermin Tower. The tower is 44 meters high and 10meters in its bottom diameter. It is a column-shaped body with a standing pole as long as the tower in the hollow of it, which supports the spiral 72-step leading to the top, where is a dome-shaped observation chamber with windows in all four sides. Ascending the top and looking around, the Tianshan Mountains, the Flaming Mountain and the Grape Valley in north direction, and the civilian houses in west direction will be in the sight of the climber. It is a post and panel structure with 14 square windows for day lighting and ventilation.
About 15-geometric figures of the surface body represent the essence of Uygur architecture art. At the entrance of the minaret, there is a stele standing under it, which was engraved by two kinds of character cut in intaglio, one is Uygur language and the other is Chinese character. The epitaph says:the reason that we built the minaret was to express the "the emperor's kindness" granted by the Emperor of Qing Dynasty and made the achievement of Ermin Hoja to be remembered throughout the ages, and promoted the hole religion forever.
Located in the tableland of Munag village of Putao Town, 2km east of Turpan City, the Ermin Tower is an ancient Islamic tower with unique style. Every year, a great number of people come here for visit or worship.
As the largest ancient tower in Xinjiang, Ermin Tower was built in 1778 and has a history of over 200 years. In memory of achievements made by his father and as an expression of his loyalty to the Qing Dynasty, Suman, the chief of the Turpan Prefecture and the second son of Ermin Hoja who was a famous general of the Qing Dynasty, spent 7000 liang of silver on his own and built the Ermin Tower. The tower is 44 meters high and 10meters in its bottom diameter. It is a column-shaped body with a standing pole as long as the tower in the hollow of it, which supports the spiral 72-step leading to the top, where is a dome-shaped observation chamber with windows in all four sides. Ascending the top and looking around, the Tianshan Mountains, the Flaming Mountain and the Grape Valley in north direction, and the civilian houses in west direction will be in the sight of the climber. It is a post and panel structure with 14 square windows for day lighting and ventilation. 
About 15-geometric figures of the surface body represent the essence of Uygur architecture art. At the entrance of the minaret, there is a stele standing under it, which was engraved by two kinds of character cut in intaglio, one is Uygur language and the other is Chinese character. The epitaph says: the reason that we built the minaret was to express the "the emperor's kindness" granted by the Emperor of Qing Dynasty and made the achievement of Ermin Hoja to be remembered throughout the ages, and promoted the hole religion forever. 

How to get Emin Minaret : Depending on how hot the weather is, you may be able to walk to the Tower. Just follow Jiefang Lu east out of the city for 30 minutes. However, many people stop off here on their minibus excursions outside the city. Hiring a minbus to see several sights outside Turpan should cost between RMB300-RMB500 for six people. Drivers cruise the streets of Turpan looking for customers.
Admission Fee: CNY 25
Opening Hours: 08:50 to 20:00
Recommended Time for a Visit: One hour


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