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Ancient City of Gaochang (Kharakhoja)

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Address: Sanpu Country, Turpan 838000, China
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Interesting for history lovers

This city is less complete than the other Yar/Jiaohe city but still worth admiring for the construction of houses and the vast area it covers. Worth a look if you are in the area... read more

Reviewed 3 July 2016
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Ottawa, Canada
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2017

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 impressive considering the age of the site and the mud brick architecture.

Thank jouellet23
Jackson, Wyoming
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24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2016

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 the Mongols in the 1400's and never brought back. A large portion of it was also subsequently bulldozed by Mao for use as agricultural land. It was... More 

Thank arnels0n
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288 reviews
153 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 July 2016 via mobile

This city is less complete than the other Yar/Jiaohe city but still worth admiring for the construction of houses and the vast area it covers. Worth a look if you are in the area but only if history interests you. If you have only time for one, see the more complete Yar city.

Thank WWTraveller26
Karaganda, Kazakhstan
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7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 January 2016

Its hard to feel authenticity, because they try to build everything here just from the beginning. And its a pity, that you cannot travel inside by your own bike, although distances are really big for walking.

Thank Ogmion
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 October 2015

This place was part of the attraction during my silk road trip. Its really amazing although mostly are ruins but I was really amazed by the structure and its history. I was fortunate that I was able to ride on the donkey cart which was replaced by the golf cart. It was said that Tang Shang Zhang or Xuang Zhang... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 469 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 August 2015

The government are in the process of 'improving' these ruins, so I suggest you see them before they finish their task. At the moment, they are incredible ruins that you can wander through fairly freely and without any other people there for vast expanses. Soon, the road will be improved, trinkets will be sold and the tour buses will roll... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 August 2015

I visited both Jiaohe and Gaochang and the former is certainly more popular with tourists. True Jiaohe is better preserved but there're still a lot to see in Gaochang. This is a vast area of mud ruins but you can still make out the boundary of the city and imagine once upon a time here stood a kingdom called Gaochang,... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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65 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2014

I visited Gaochang after visiting Jiaohe so comparing the two old ruins was inevitable for me. Gaochang is an interesting site but there's not much left to see apart from the external walls and a few buildings. We paid an extra 30RMB and we had a car taking us around - I recommend doing that as the site is huge... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 August 2014 via mobile

We have to had a strong imagination when visiting this old city ruins because there was not much left.it would be better if there was a museum or a guide to explain the ruins

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Chicago, IL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 June 2014

We had hoped to take a donkey cart around the site, but they have been replaced by golf carts. However you get around, the ancient oasis site of Gaochang is well worth a trip to see. Gaochang was a trading outpost along the Silk Road until the 13th or 14th century. The city walls are rammed earth, and the ruins... More 

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