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Ancient City of Jiaohe (Yarkhoto)

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Address: Jianggelemaisi Village, Ya'er Country, Turpan 838000, China
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Amazing place - must be one of wonders of world

This must be one my top most amazing sites in the world. Last time, from the time before Christ, this plateau was along two rivers and people buried into the ground to build their... read more

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This must be one my top most amazing sites in the world. Last time, from the time before Christ, this plateau was along two rivers and people buried into the ground to build their houses - it was also for secuity reason. Think monument valley but this is entirely man-made and 2000 years old. This place had major miltary and... More 

Thank youke_worldwide
Quezon City, Philippines
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Definitely raw and one of a kind! Great history too. I think it's better to have a guide when you go through the ruins so that you get to understand a lot about the civilization of the Uyghurs who lived there before. Make sure you cover yourself with sunblock as there is no shade in the whole city.

Thank Ida C
Toronto, Canada
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of the world's architectural wonders in west of Turpan. The Ancient City of Jiaohe was built with rammed earth and bricks 2300 years ago. Most of the construction is ruined and only left the foundation.

Thank C-Liz1
Ottawa, Canada
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A must see if you visit Turpan. This site was really magnificent, well preserved and well presented. Also not overly touristy, didnt feel like I was being presented with a fake tourist site.

Thank jouellet23
Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed January 15, 2017

We were first ushered into a hall area where a film introducing the brief history of Jiaohe is shown. Basically it’s a fortress created for military defence, located on a leaf-shaped plateau on a cliff between two deep river valleys. After the short film, we took a bus to the fortress where we need to walk upslope for about 15mins... More 

Thank yEeVoNy25
Guangzhou, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed December 27, 2016 via mobile

This was part of a 5 day tour of Xinjiang. This site dates back to the Han dynasty and it is very well preserved. We spent a couple of hours walking around here, although it was a very hot day so some of our group struggled with the heat. It's a cool place for taking photos and learning more about... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed December 24, 2016

you should not miss Jiaohe when you are in Turpan. it is good we visited turpan in October, as our driver Tomur said, it is extremely hot in summer and only possible to visit morning and evenings

Thank Joseph_Martin111
San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed November 1, 2016

This place is really cool. Highly recommended. It will take around 1-2 hours at this place. We went after 2pm and it's not crowded at all. One problem traveling in China is that it's packed everywhere. We always show up after 2 or 3pm to avoid the crowd and it worked.

Thank hellosfsfsf
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed October 28, 2016

Incredible Han Dynasty Era ancient ruined garrison town which is located about 10km west of Turpan in the Yarnaz valley of the Xinjiang Uyghu cityr Autonomous Region. The city itself is located on a high island (1650m in length by 300m wide at its widest) between two deeply cut river gorges. Between 108 BC to 450 AD the city of... More 

Thank MartinBaxter58
Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed October 27, 2016

It takes some imagination, but the site does capture the feeling of the ancient city well. Signing is clear, information could be a little more in depth. Be sure to take the walk all the way to the edge of the old city beyond the viewing platform.

Thank Cyril C

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