The Emin Minaret is one of the more distinguished landmarks of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. It is located a short distance east of the city of Turpan Turfan, or Tulufan) and near the ancient Uygur capital of Gaochang and the cave temples of Bezeklik along the ancient Silk Road.
Emin Minaret is the largest extant old tower in Xinjiang; it is the only Islamic tower among the hundred famous towers in China. The Emin Minaret was constructed by local craftsmen using local materials. The structure itself is made of wood and brick. The towering architectural shape of a minaret, always taller than it is wide, is a clear sign of the presence of Islam as are the abstract, geometric decorative elements.
The huge column made of grey bricks and earth would be dull if not for its decorative patterns. Smart Uyghur architects used bricks to form 15 different patterns such as waves, flowers or rhombuses. In addition, the architects even took the surroundings into account. Set against the azure sky, silvery Tianshan Mountain and the scarlet Flaming Mountain, Emin Minaret displays a pristine but dignified air. When you look up at the minaret you will find how crystal blue and high the sky of Turpan is!
Admission Fee: CNY 23
Opening Hours: 8:50am to 8:00pm