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Culture Street in Karamay

  Local people sing and play instruments in a pavilion on the Culture Street. [Photo/epaper.kelamayi.com.cn]

  Wenhua Jie, or Culture Street in Karamay in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, is the only pedestrian street under the theme of garden culture in the Northwest China. Along a winding creek, the pedestrian street is 1,055 meters long.

  The design of the street is inspired by traditional Chinese gardens in Southeast China. Tea houses, small restaurants, bell towers and sculptures are lined up along both sides of the street.

  At the end of the street is a wooden water wheel. Every summer when the water rises, the wheel starts to rotate, unleashing cool breeze.

  A water wheel stands at the end of the Culture Street. [Photo/epaper.kelamayi.com.cn]

  On the other side, a bluestone wall stands on the south bank of the small river. It illustrates the history of Karamay and the spirits of utter devotion and struggle of Karamay people.

  "Hidden in the remote desert, the city is more like warm humid Southern land. Though without fisherman's boats, sweet melodies and songs are still lingering. Charming and enchanting, the blossoms flourish across green fields in spring. Exceedingly fascinating, the views are most alluring." These very lines in the Ode to Karamay by Chinese litterateur Yi Zhongtian is a true portrayal of the scene along the Culture Street.

  A couple view the embossment wall, [Photo/epaper.kelamayi.com.cn]