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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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Phone Number: 0995-8667154
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Fantastic site, worth the heat

Need to visit either early or late because of heat. Looks like they have later a at night, which would make the site vey special. You can walk through most of it, and most people... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Dublin, Ireland

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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Need to visit either early or late because of heat. Looks like they have later a at night, which would make the site vey special. You can walk through most of it, and most people disappear have first viewing platform. One of the largest ancient cities in the word, built between 2 rivers, a lot underground. In August 2016 they... More 

Thank TripAway7
Beijing, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The area was a stark contrast the surrounding area but you can visual what the people may have done who lived their at one time.

Thank nmfozzie
Penistone, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were taken through later in the afternoon which was appreciated due to the heat. Our English speaking guide was knowledgeable but having seen other ruins I would also have appreciated either additional signage and/or a walking written guide to bring attention to particular features...especially when I saw the number of items on view in the Turpan Museum excavated from... More 

Thank Philippa65
Geneva, Switzerland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just ruins. Pretty well preserved but unless you document yourself before hand it is not worth the visit. The very positive point is that it is not filled with Chinese tourists as other places could be. Very negative point : why is the shuttle bus between the site and ticket area not free???

Thank Dan G
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It's really quite a site and for us it was well worth the effort at 42C. Walk around the entire site (including viewing the Great Buddhist Temple which is at the opposing end of entrance) and not only to the viewing platform. Keep well hydrated and taste the water melon at the end of your visit - it's the best... More 

Thank Marcel V
Broadbeach, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016

This architetural wonder lies 10kms west of Turpan on a cliff 30 metres high between two rivers. Amazingly ALL the buildings were dug from the earth, with virtually no timber used. As it faced cliffs on 3 sides, there are no city walls as usually seen. Historical records say it had 6500 residents and 865 soldiers. By the end of... More 

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United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

This ancient city is fascinating, make sure you try to go early/late in the day as it does get very hot with little or no shade around the old city. Walking all the way around the city to the back to the temple complex is very quiet as most tour groups get to the main viewing platform and don't go... More 

Thank bethzhang
Chengdu, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

Locals call this place as Yarkhoto, its an ancient site which is located on cliff near a valley called yarnaz, about 12 km from Turpan city. The guide told us that its about 2000 years old, its an amazing site , you can see the houses, temple , streets ruins very clearly, amazingly preserved. Its the feeling you enjoy and... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

We visited Jiaohe in the afternoon in June when it was 42 degrees outside...it's was HOT! Luckily we had our sunscreen, hats, sunglasses and lots of water. There is very little shade so I would try to visit in the morning if possible. Jiaohe is a large complex with a lot to see. I wish it hadn't been so hot... More 

Thank Sarah C
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016

It is quite a climb to see where there used to be things. Not a fan of ruins - unless there is some way you can also see how it used to be.

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