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Ancient City of Jiaohe (Yarkhoto)

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Address: Jianggelemaisi Village, Ya'er Country, Turpan 838000, China
Phone Number: 0995-8667154
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Given that this ancient city is so old and wind and rain erosion must take its toll it is amazingly intact. I do agree with previous comments however that a bit more explanation... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 4, 2013
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shanghai
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Singapore
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81 reviews 81 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

Go early morning to this site. It's fully open to the sun. The walkway paths are well maintained, and the sheer size and view from the plateau are all well worth a visit (you should have this one on your list and skip out on Gaochang)

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shanghai
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

Given that this ancient city is so old and wind and rain erosion must take its toll it is amazingly intact. I do agree with previous comments however that a bit more explanation of the layout and structures would be good. We visited in May, (and appeared to be the only tourists there) very hot, so take large hats, umbrellas,... More 

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true brit
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

Loved the natural layout of this ancient city made even more dramatic against the contrasting green following the line of the river. Although UNESCO has been there it hasn't been ruined by plastic trees or cement tree trunks. Give yourself plenty of time to wander at leisure among the ancient ruins. Try not to make it part of a rushed... More 

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Magog, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

This site is pretty close to the city. It is much better than GaoChang and bigger. There are english signs with some explanation near certain key building but a guide would have been better. Certainly a must while in Turpan.

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Urumqi, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

A lot is being done to restore this place, the history of it makes me want to go back,. The scenery from the city is not bad, however the walk itself with no history can be boring

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

This takes quite a lot of walking but is so worth it if you do it with a guide. You can go in one gate of this ancient city and wander around its streets seeing the guard house, the temple an ordinary persons home with a great view out the back. It's amazing to think that people lived here, walked,... More 

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En route
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

We visited in December. It was about -20 degrees celsius and the entire site was blanketed in snow except for the walls of some of the larger structures and dwellings. The sun was beginning to set around 4:30 pm and the skies miraculously began to clear after a day of snowy overcast conditions. There were a few other small groups... More 

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new zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

Amazing that after 2000 years that the city is still very much intact. Fantastic site and fantastic views. A lack of English signs, so was very fortunate that i had a very knowledgeable English speaking guide from Old Road Tours with me.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

Good paths through it but not enough explanation to know what we were looking at. It was only mildly interesting and the workmen were rude to our guide when he asked them a question.

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

The JiaoHe ruins are about 1400 years old and what is amazing is that some of the structures are still recognizable in spite of being made pretty much out of mud and soft stones. Much of it is very weathered of course but the unusual aspect of this ruin is it's location atop a plateau with vertical cliffs that resembles... More 

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