Astana-Karakhoja Tombs

Astana-Karakhoja Tombs, Turpan

Astana-Karakhoja Tombs
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Andrew M
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Only 3 Tombs open for viewing
Jul 2019
We were a little disappointed by our visit to the Astana Tombs. We had read that over 500 tombs had been excavated, so hoped to be able to view many of them. When we visited, only 3 tombs were accessible - 210, 215 & 216. We had seen mummies in the Xinjiang Uighur Regional Museum in Urumqi and the Turpan Museum, and visited here to view the area where most of the mummies were discovered. The entrance fee was RMB40, and we thought this a little expensive just to view 3 tombs.

The first tomb had two mummies which were protected by glass coverings. Photos are allowed in these chambers. The other two chambers had murals, but photos were not allowed. The drum tower area, had a sculpture of Fuxi and Nuwa, who had the heads of a man and woman and bodies of a snake, which were entwined. The man had a square measuring instrument in his hand and the lady a scissors. This design was found on fabric in many of the excavated tombs, and was regularly used during the Han Dynasty in their burial practices. The Drum Tower can not be climbed, and photos can only be taken from ground level.There were many "protecting" sculptures that we were used to seeing in Buddhist temples.

We were in and out of this attraction in less than half an hour. It was great to see the ancient tombs, but we think that more tombs should be opened to make a visit to this site seem worthwhile.
Written August 24, 2019
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nathan l
Zichron Yaakov, Israel883 contributions
for the ones who want to learn more
Sep 2018 • Friends
this is relatively a small site with very few objects to watch and get historical information about and burial legends, but the whole complex is impressing and reflects the respect to history and tradition
Written December 21, 2018
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mogolan
Ashdod, Israel662 contributions
Not a must
Sep 2018 • Friends
An interesting place but not a must. They call it the Underground Museum, a little exaggeration in my opinion.
Written November 13, 2018
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Richard_7726
10 contributions
If you have time to spare in Turpan
Apr 2018 • Friends
The tombs are somewhat interesting to see, and there are some insights to gather from the contrast between the peasants tomb that is open for viewing and the tombs of more wealthy/important like a Han general whose dried corpse (mummy) is on display in Urumqi's Xinjiang Regional Museum. It was neat to connect the dots between that exhibit and his actual tomb, but I would say that this place is optional to visit if you are in Turpan.
Written May 6, 2018
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Nancy P
Lake Mary, FL368 contributions
Check Before Going
Oct 2017 • Couples
Before driving out to the tombs, check to be sure that they are open. We go there only to find that they had closed the tombs indefinitely.
Written November 17, 2017
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WWTraveller26
Singapore, Singapore1,263 contributions
Round up your visit to Gaocheng
Jul 2016 • Family
The people who lived in Goacheng were buried in Astana. It's not a fabulous grave site but it does complete the understanding of an ancient people. There are only three burial tombs open to the public and one of them has a pair of decrepit mummies. Not a must see attraction but still interesting to see the basic decorations on the inside. The mummies are older and in better condition inside the Xinjiang museum.
Written July 3, 2016
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Victorie42
Apeldoorn, The Netherlands17 contributions
Why going?
Oct 2015
As I am very much interested in history, this place was a must for me. But it turned out to be a deception. The entrancefee is quit high for what you is showed. We could have a look in three tombs, but it is not allowed to take photos.In two tombs were some wallpaintings ,that was nice , in the other tomb was a mummy.Not very impressive , in the museum of Turpan you can see many mummies and take photos. The guard of the Astana was cold and brisk
Written December 15, 2015
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nicolamele
Sydney, Australia103 contributions
Not much to see - don't bother coming here
Oct 2014 • Friends
This site has very little to see. There's only 3 tombs still open and they are not even well-maintained - one tomb has two mummies in it and the other two tombs have paintings on the wall. That's all you can see so don't bother visiting this site unless you have a lot of time to kill around Turpan. If you like mummies you should visit the National Museum in Urumqi.
Written November 5, 2014
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Felicia B
Fort Pierce, FL892 contributions
1000 Tombs....Only 3 to see.....
Oct 2014 • Friends
This Tang era site is where the royalty of the old kingdom of Gaochang were buried. In order to see the mummies, you must walk down steep, narrow passages. The perfectly preserved mummies reveal many details of life in those times. The walls of one show Jade Man, Gold Man, Stone Man and Wooden Man which symbolize Confucian virtues.
Written November 3, 2014
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Travelingmaven
Chicago, IL292 contributions
Not sure it's worth a visit
May 2014 • Friends
Only 3 tombs were open in this large graveyard. Two were empty and one contained a male and female mummy.

The Turpan museum has mummies, so rather than walk up and down into tombs in a hot graveyard, I'd rather see mummies in air conditioned comfort.
Written June 8, 2014
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