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Ancient City of Gaochang (Kharakhoja), Turpan

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  • Being in the Ancient City of Gaochang is something that all Chinese history lovers will get a huge kick out of or anyone who can appreciate architecture that has stood up for many centuries. Coming fr...  more »
  • I have been to archaeological sites all over the world, and this one completely blew me away. The sheer size of the site is like nothing I have ever seen before. Also the level of preservation is very...  more »
  • This and Jiaohe, as I noted in that review, are significant ancient city sites on the old Silk Road. Serving for several dynasties as the Uigher kingdom capital, Goachang was razed unfortunately by th...  more »
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  • Gaochang (Chinese: 高昌; pinyin: Gao Chang), also known as Qara-hoja or Kara-Khoja (قاراھوجا in Uyghur), located 45 km South is of Turfan, on the north shore of the Takamaklan desert, was founded in the 1st century BC B.C., during the dynasty Han.Ville lively, she was a major step for the caravan traders. A large Chinese community has lived in Gaochang between the beginning of the 5th century and the year 640, date of the conquest of the city by the Tang dynasty. Gaochang was the largest city in Xinjiang. 850 in 1283, it was the prosperous capital of the Uighur Kingdom old. Mongols and Uighurs began to convert to islam and destroyed works of art and manuscripts that they had found there, fearing being accused of idolatry. The walls in Earth (12 m thick, 11 m in height), with 9 doors, make a square of 5 km long.
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