The Emin Minaret is also called the"Sugong Minaret". It is located two kilometers east of the city of Turpan and is the largest tower in Xinjiang. Emin Minaret is a masterpiece built by the local people.
This is a statue of Emin Hoja. He was the local governor during the regime of Emperor Qianlong in the Qin Dynasty. During the middle of the 18th century, there was an armed uprising by the Jungar aristocrats in the southern Xinjiang. Emin Hoja responded to the call of the Emperor and led his troops to fight with the armies of Emperor against the rebel forces. After the rebellion, Emin Hoja was then entitled by the Emperor, such as Zhen Guogong, Fu Guogong and so on. These official titles were then carried on by future generations of families, thus maintaining their status.
The minaret have two parts, one is the minaret and the other is the adjacent mosque. Look at the minaret. It is in the shape of a cone built of bricks. The surface is decorated and arranged with 15 different Patterns of rhombuses, ripples, various four-petal flowers and mountains. The minaret is 37 meters high and 10 meters in diameter at the base. There are 14 windows opening in different directions at different heights. A spiral flight of stairs with 71 steps leads to the top.
This is the mosque with its arched gate. It is the largest, simplest and plainest mosque in the Turpan area. The mosque has a Hall of Prayer, Doctrine-teaching rooms and a gate tower. Unusually, this mosque does not have a pool of water for washing. Muslims, always have to wash themselves before worshipping. However, instead of water, it is permissible to use clean sand, clay or stone for cleansing. In the main hall. there is no figurine, no colors or designs of any kind except the yellow of the bricks. The rectangular hall can hold up to one thousand people attending a service.