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Ancient City of Jiaohe (Yarkhoto)

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Address: Jianggelemaisi Village, Ya'er Country, Turpan 838000, China
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Not what I was expecting, it feels like a place more likely to appear in Iraq than in China. Though it's hard for international tourists as of now, the signs aren't horrendous... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Richard C
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Not what I was expecting, it feels like a place more likely to appear in Iraq than in China. Though it's hard for international tourists as of now, the signs aren't horrendous but for these places detailed history is a must to fully appreciate. Also, Turpan is among the hottest places in China, so beware of that aspect.

Thank Richard C
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This world heritage site is on a rock 'island' with sheer cliffs and, despite being described as mud brick is more 'hewn'. The streets were excavated into the rock as were the buildings and you can still walk down the ravine like streets at one end of the island (the other end is seriously wind eroded). A must if you... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Though not as big as Gao Chang, this Ancient city is more preserved. You can still clearly see the residential areas, the palace, temples, watchtowers and city walls. Lots of history on how the ancient civilisations thrives. Best to hire a guide though as there are a lot of explanations on each of the place that can't be seen from... More 

Thank xally85
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Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

This must be one my top most amazing sites in the world. Last time, from the time before Christ, this plateau was along two rivers and people buried into the ground to build their houses - it was also for secuity reason. Think monument valley but this is entirely man-made and 2000 years old. This place had major miltary and... More 

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Quezon City, Philippines
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Reviewed 5 April 2017

Definitely raw and one of a kind! Great history too. I think it's better to have a guide when you go through the ruins so that you get to understand a lot about the civilization of the Uyghurs who lived there before. Make sure you cover yourself with sunblock as there is no shade in the whole city.

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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 4 April 2017

One of the world's architectural wonders in west of Turpan. The Ancient City of Jiaohe was built with rammed earth and bricks 2300 years ago. Most of the construction is ruined and only left the foundation.

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Ottawa, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 March 2017

A must see if you visit Turpan. This site was really magnificent, well preserved and well presented. Also not overly touristy, didnt feel like I was being presented with a fake tourist site.

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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 15 January 2017

We were first ushered into a hall area where a film introducing the brief history of Jiaohe is shown. Basically it’s a fortress created for military defence, located on a leaf-shaped plateau on a cliff between two deep river valleys. After the short film, we took a bus to the fortress where we need to walk upslope for about 15mins... More 

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Guangzhou, China
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Reviewed 27 December 2016 via mobile

This was part of a 5 day tour of Xinjiang. This site dates back to the Han dynasty and it is very well preserved. We spent a couple of hours walking around here, although it was a very hot day so some of our group struggled with the heat. It's a cool place for taking photos and learning more about... More 

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Reviewed 25 December 2016

you should not miss Jiaohe when you are in Turpan. it is good we visited turpan in October, as our driver Tomur said, it is extremely hot in summer and only possible to visit morning and evenings

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