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Ancient City of Gaochang (Kharakhoja)
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“Worth a visit”
Reviewed December 28, 2011

This is one of two ancient city ruins in Turpan. It is the less well maintained and less touristy, but still worth seeing.

Visited September 2011
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“Quiet and impressive”
Reviewed November 28, 2011

These ruins are very reminiscent of a lunar landscape and the best part is that are few tourists (JiaoHe seems to be more popular). The place is huge, so hire one of the the donkey carts (for a small fee) to drive you to the central site. You can stop as many times as you like to explore any other parts of interest. Our kids loved running around the ruins and discovering all the nooks and crannies. It's very hot (even in October) so hats and plenty of water are a must. Thoroughly enjoyable.

Visited October 2011
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“Very interesting ruins but go early as it gets very hot”
Reviewed June 10, 2010

The ruins are very interesting with intact walls and temples as well as crumblin houses, castles (khanates) and bhuddist pagodas.

The monastery is about 1.5 KM from the entrance and can be reached by a donkey taxi for extra. The best bhuddist pagoda is at the far south east corner about 1KM away from the monastery and can be reached again by donkey taxi or walking.

The walls are almost at the entrance and can be easily reached, as can the Khanate castle about 400M from the entrance.

Other sections of the ruins are crumbling and hard to distinguish what they were but are interesting to walk around.

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