karez

rezaphotography Grapes coming from elsewhere

#Chatgal, #Xinjiang (Eastern Turkestan)

In Chatgal, the Karez – the underground irrigation system invented by the Persians more than two thousand years ago – are supplying the vineyard and the cotton fields with water. In this region – the world’s hottest region where temperatures can reach 70 degrees – the melting of the Bogda mountains glaciers supply with water the thousand karez which spread in the desert.
A woman is working in a vineyard field.
Photograph captured while doing a reportage on the Xinjiang for National Geographic.

Text by Rachel Deghati, published in “Sur les routes de la Soie” (Hoëbeck publishing, 2007).