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“Archeological site of the world´s oldest earthen city”

Ancient City of Jiaohe (Yarkhoto)
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Germany
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Archeological site of the world´s oldest earthen city”
Reviewed October 3, 2013

Anyone interested in historical sites as well as the history of China will find it worthwhile to brave the sun, the heat and the desert landscape to pay a visit to these ruins. Even though I am neither a historian nor an archeologist, I found it amazing to walk through the ruins of a fortified city aged 2,300 years. To make the outing more worthwhile, it is advisable to combine it with visits of other attractions around Turpan.

Visited August 2013
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La Spezia, Italy
Level 6 Contributor
58 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
“The best site to visit around Turpan but.........”
Reviewed October 2, 2013

These are the mud remains of an old Military Guard's outpost along the "Silk Road" , about 15 km from modern Turpan
The site is quite fascinating , especially if you visit it immediately before sunset .
Actually there is not much to see as everything has been eroded by the weather and time ( may be apart for the main Buddhist Monastery ) , leaving a ghost town .
However the general impression is rather good .
This is the best visit to do if you are passing through Turpan .

Visited September 2013
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Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Unesco site Chian Ghost town”
Reviewed September 14, 2013

During the silk rad ancient days these were homes and meeting places of the merchants.Thye live inside these dug out homes in the mountains . through centuries of natural erosion by wind the unusual shapes make a very beautiful site .The entrances and halls of the merchnats trading places are still very visisble.

Visited September 2013
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Miaoli County, Taiwan
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47 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Well-preserved historical site.”
Reviewed September 14, 2013

Because of the climate,the city still remains the outlines from the past.Paths,houses,and temples are still clear for people to admire.
The city is 10 km away from Turpan downtown,take No.101 or 1 bus to the west end and transfer to a mini van(10RMB) to the site.
Or take a walk from terminal for 40mins-1hr,not really far away and easy to find.
Ticket fee:40RMB

Visited September 2013
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Paris, France
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383 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 297 helpful votes
“Not very interesting”
Reviewed August 26, 2013

Well, this is another place where you need a lot of imagination to figure out that those mounts of earth are the remains of houses or temples where people live. The site is nice, but unless you are an archeologist, it's difficult to find any interest in that place. Furthermore, music is played through loudspeakers along the board walk across all the site... well some people may find it nice -personally, I found it tacky if anything.

Visited August 2013
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