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Ancient City of Gaochang (Kharakhoja)

Sanpu Country, Turpan 838000, China
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Sanpu Country, Turpan 838000, China

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Reviewed 1 week ago 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.

Reviewed 2 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

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...More

Reviewed 10 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...More

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...More

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.

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...More

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,...More

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...More

Reviewed 5 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...More

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