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Ancient City of Jiaohe (Yarkhoto), Turpan

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Discover one of the world's hidden wonders at Ancient City of Jiaohe (Yarkhoto), a 2,300-year-old strategic fortress that stands as the best-preserved earthen city in the world today. Walk the enormous area of 220,000 sq m (2,368,168 sq ft) to unravel the history of the former Cheshi State capital. Stroll down the ancient main street, which separated the city into three parts (commoners, aristocrats, and clergy) to reach the Buddhist temple. Along the way, you can recognize the common households, which were low buildings, while the buildings for the wealthy stood high.The site can get very hot, so don't forget to bring sunscreen and wear appropriate clothing. To visit Ancient City of Jiaohe (Yarkhoto) and get the most from your holiday in Turpan, create itinerary details personal to you using our Turpan travel itinerary maker.
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  • Just outside of Turpan, this remarkable site is the remains of a large ancient city carved and shaped from a large rock platform between two deep green canyons. Breathtaking landscape, with, early in ...  more »
  • Height and water. Visiting Jiaohe proves an excellent lesson and appreciation for the Silk Road. It's a strenuous climb up to the ruins and the observation points, especially in the heat. But worth it...  more »
  • Jiaohe is like an island sity surrounded by two rivers, contributing to a very special climate. It's incredibly hot when walking the ruins themselves as there are no trees, but driving around below th...  more »
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  • Not much to see, but much to learn, for girls can dress up as local and get photo shoot
  • Definitey the place to feel Indiana Jones :-)
  • Ancient city of Jiaohe is the world's oldest and largest, and the most well-preserved Adobe buildings of the city, is the most complete urban China more than 2000 years remains.
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  • 見證歷史的變遷,人文景觀豐富,故事動人心弦。
  • 無人古城一座,冬天去的時候也不太冷

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