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Ancient City of Gaochang (Kharakhoja)

Sanpu Country, Turpan 838000, China
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“huge city” (2 reviews)
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Sanpu Country, Turpan 838000, China
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Reviewed 15 April 2018 via mobile

You can choose either jiaoher or gaochang. They are quite the same. Just pick one place. The site was the ancient city. I spent 2 hr here. Take the shuttle service as the place was quite big. You are not able to walk around.

Thank Tonkarn08
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Reviewed 13 April 2018

Built in the 1st century BC, this site was an important resting ground / transportation hub along the silk road. During the Han Dynasty, the city was used as a garrison for Chinese soldiers and you could find the general's larger & more elaborate dwelling...More

Thank Lorah Z
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Reviewed 18 November 2017

The site is enormous and it would be best to visit with a guide. While there is a lot of destruction it is mind boggling to envision what this place actually looked like. A wonderful place to see.

Thank Geonannie
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Reviewed 6 November 2017

The site is huge and even taking a mini bus around wasn't enough time. It's all ruins with most of the city totally flattened because of the cultural revolution but the sizes of the ruined buildings alone can let you imagine what it would have...More

Thank wt1986
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Reviewed 19 October 2017 via mobile

We visited these ruins a couple weeks after the Chinese national holiday and the day after we saw Jiaohe. Compared to Jioahe, there is a lot more destruction, and more imagination required. There is a lot of open space inside the city walls, but the...More

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Reviewed 10 October 2017

It had three sets of walls still standing as well as many buildings. It was too big to convey in single photos. It was so immense that they provided a little shuttle bus to take us to the ruins and around it with stops at...More

1  Thank Archaeobuff
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Reviewed 6 October 2017 via mobile

Very impressive and well preserved ruins! We took the tour bus out to the ruins which was nice because of the heat. However, there was not a lot of time at each stop - just enough to snap a quick photo. As we were driving...More

Thank brit677
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Reviewed 27 August 2017

The Ancient City of Gaochang also called Karakhoja was added to the World Heritage List in June 2014. The ruins of Ancient City of Gaochang is located at the foot of the Flaming Mountain, about 45km southeast of Turpan. It is one of the two...More

Thank jennyMalaysia18
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Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

Without a guide, one would be clueless, as not much detailed information was provided on site, not even in the display area at the entrance. Should visit the Turpan museum before coming here, in order to appreciate and understand this ancient city and its ruins.

Thank TOsunnyfirst
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Reviewed 3 June 2017

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 from a country that is just under 500years old, we...More

1  Thank JGDynamo
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