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Rehearsals… traditional Uyghur dancing

On a visit to see the ‘karez’ water systems near Turpan I managed to get a peek into the rehearsals of a group of Uyghur performers. The entertainers were evidently getting ready for a performance, and it was fun to watch them fixing costumes and practicing moves. I was able to get a couple of candid shots of the women in their wonderfully colourful costumes.

The performers were part of the attractions on offer at the interesting Turpan Water Museum which features examples of how Turpan’s “karez” water systems work.

Find out more about the well systems in my post called “Karez – well systems in the Turpan Depression” or take a look at some more pictures from Turpan and the Turpan Depression:

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Rosemarie John (@GypsyScribbles)

Oh, their performance must have been very elaborate looking at their costumes. I just love your photography! I hope to learn more about my camera as the days go by… I am barely even what you can call an amateur… LOL…


No, sadly I didn’t see the full performance as we had to leave, but it was just as interesting seeing some of the preparation, and the costumes were amazing!


Great photographs! I vividly remember my trip to the Karez Museum and seeing the nearby hotel that often hosted those dance shows. My thought is that the karez themselves are fascinating, but the museum was a bust.

Anyway, like I said, great photos and if you’re ever interested in getting more exposure I’d love to spotlight one of your photos in my Pic of the Week series.

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