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The Emin Minaret (or Su Gong Ta) stands by the
Uyghur Mosque located in Turfan, Xinjiang, China.
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At 44 meters (144 ft) it is the tallest minaret in China.
The Qing Dynasty conquered this largely Muslim region
in the 1750s by defeating the Mongols and the Uyghurs
with their superior weaponry in a series of battles.
As conquerors, they ruled the local population with a
light hand and were tolerant of the Muslim religion.
The minaret was started in 1777 during the reign
of the Qing Emperor Qianlong (1735-1796) and
finished the following year.
It was financed by local leaders and built to
honor the exploits of a local Turfan general,
Emin Khoja, hence the name "Emin".
The Emin Minaret is located along the
ancient Silk Route (near the
ancient Uyghur capital of Gaochang).
Hui Chin and I joined a conducted bus tour
from Urumchi to visit Turpan.
It was a very interesting trip and full of drama, as
there was many interesting places to visit and there
was also a number of arguments
on the bus about the tickets and
sights to be visited, the sitting arrangements on the
bus and also about the food and the quality and hygene
standard of the restaurants we have visited.
To cap it all of, my camera's battery ran flat, half
way through, our spare battery and another camera sitting
safely back at the hotel in Urumchi (laughing at our
misfortune), but a few weeks later I had even worst news,
when, after returning home, I found out that two of my
new 2Gigabyte SD memory cards, although seemed to work
perfectly at the time, have invisible pictures on them.
The pictures seem to exist alright,
with all around the 200 plus kilobyte
properties and showing as jpeg pictures, but can't be viewed.
I have lost some very interesting, unusual and irreplacable
pictures of Turpan, Urumchi, Bishkek in Kyrgizstan and pictures
of the countrysides of Kyrgizstan and Kazakstan.
Now altough we were there and had our visual and phisical
experiences, I have to take advantage of using
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia's
resources with our greatful thanks. Author.
For a more information about
Emin Minaret see Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This page was retrieved and condensed from
see Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, November 2007.
All text is available under the terms of the
GNU Free Documentation License
Copyrights for details).
This information was correct in November 2007. E. & O.E.
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