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Karamay Oilfield is one of the largest oilfields in China with a yearly output over ten million tons of oil. Karamay Oilfield was the first large oilfield in China. Its commercial oil flow was found in well named “Karamy No.01″ on Oct 29, 1955. Ever since then, Karamay Oilfield has been developing fast and have made huge progress in terms of oil industrial upgrading and oil output.
From the city center of Karamay to Karamay Ghost Town in Wuerhe District of Karamay City, on the both sides of the 100km National Highway, you will see several sectioned oil fields rife with pumpjacks.
I was told that there are two kinds of pumpjacks. For thin oil, people use special steam to pump out the oil; for thick oil, people use water to pump out oil. The jumpjacks for thick oil look smaller than those of the pumpjacks using water for pumping out thin oil.
Another factor to differentiate this two kinds of jumpjacks is to see the tubes crisscrossing the field. If no tubes around the jumpjacks, then they are pumping water for thin oil. If there are plentiful tubes around, they are jumpjacks for thick oil.
Smaller sized jumpjacks for pumping thick oil using the steam through the tubes fixed above the oilfield.
A big sized jumpjack using water to pump thin oil ( no tubes around).
Karamay is rich in natural tourism resources. The world famous Ghost City Scenic Spot is located in the “Devil City”, a famous Wuerhe wind city, in Wuerhe District, 90km northeast from Karamay City，400km from Urumqi City.
On the way, you will see several oil fields. The landscape in the so called “Ghost Town of World” is a typical Yadan landform. It is really a ghost town – cloudy sky, dusty air, arid land, whistling in the wind, sandy rocks of various forms.
Who dares to stay overnight in the devil city? Maybe the ghost city management staff can.
The main entrance to Ghost Town of World
Board a diesel powered train for one hour circular tour of the huge Ghost Town, a natural museum of Yadan landform.
Resembing the Egypt Man Face Lion Body
Stop a while for picture staking
We stay two nights in Kalamay mainly for the participation of the 7th Internatonal Tourism Festival of Xinjiang. The festival ceremony itself doeen’t last long, and the festival organization puts a very tight sightseeing fam schedule for the participants as if in an attempt to cram all the “must to see” into the minds of attendees.
Before found oil, Kalamay was a a barren and deserted region at the northwest edge of Xinjiang Zhungar Basin. Karamy oilfield became the first large oilfield in new China as a result of the commercial oil flow found in well Karamy 1 on Oct.29, 1955.
Established in 1958 as a city, now Kalamay has become a rich and green city after over 50 years’construction. It is a human wonder, unbelievable beyond your imagination! Now Karamay is one under direct jurisdiction of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
The local orginizors are busy and ready to show us their achievements – Jiulong Pond, Karamay Culture Street, Landscape along Kalamay River.
“Karamay” means “black oil” in Uyghur. Karamay was born from black oild and has been developing owing to the black oil. It is the only city named after black oil in the world.
Karamay Culture and Leisure Street
Located in Yuanlin Road, Karamay Culture Street is a pedestrian streeet with culture themes. The street is 1065 meters long and 50-70 meters wide with an area of 70,000 square meters. It is the main street where local residents spend their leisture time in cultural and leisure activities.
Gardens & Man-made Stream
Anaglyph Art Wall depicting the development of the oil city of Karamay
A city statue – Physical exercise
National Art Gallery – introducing the main 13 ethnic nationals in Xinjiang
Karamay District Teahouse – a group of retirees are preparing for the celiberation of the 90th anniversary of the founding of CPC
Playing at the Bell Tower Square on the culture street
Karamay River and Nine Dragon Pond
With an investment of 5 billion yuan, the 465km water introduction project was completed on August 01, 2000. The man made water passage starts from the Erqisi in Burjin to the Nine Dragon Pond in Karamay. The project itself was an outstanding human wonder, which has greatly enhanced the development of Karamay and laid a solid foundation for future generations.
The water passage or now Karamay River originates from the 465km man made water passage starting the Erqisi River in Burjin
The water of the man made river first enters the Nine Dragon Pond
The picturesque of the Nine Dragon Pond