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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

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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
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

Thank mitraveler16
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

Thank Archaeobuff
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
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
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
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

1  Thank JGDynamo
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

1  Thank jouellet23
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

1  Thank arnels0n
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