Emin Minaret

sights / Religious

Emin Minaret information

Prices
admission ¥30
Opening hours
dawn-dusk
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Lonely Planet review

Emin Hoja, a Turpan general, founded this splendid Afghan-style structure in 1777. Also known as Sūgōng Tǎ after Emin’s son Suleiman, its bowling pin shape is decorated with a dozen brick motifs, including flowers and waves. You can’t climb the minaret itself so many travellers are satisfied with snapping a photograph from the entrance without paying the admission fee.

Biking or strolling the 3km to get there is half the fun, the dusty, tree-lined Uighur streets an evocative – and fascinating – glimpse into old Turpan. If the heat is too much, hop on bus 6 eastbound from the corner of Gaochang Lu and Laocheng Lu and walk the last 500m.