The Silk Road

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  • 1. Ancient City of Jiaohe

    Ruins

    On a plateau at the confluence of two rivers, these impressive ruins lie in the Yarnaz Valley west of Turpan. The city, established as a garrison...Read More

  • 2. The Ruins of Gaochang

    Ruins

    These fascinating city ruins lie in a valley south of the Flaming Mountains. Legend has it that a group of soldiers stopped here in the 1st...Read More

  • 3. Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    In a breathtaking valley inside the Flaming Mountains is this ancient temple complex, built between the 5th and 7th century by slaves whose...Read More

  • 4. Emin Minaret

    Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    Emin Minaret is Turpan's most recognizable image, often featured in tourist brochures. Built in 1777, it commemorates a military commander who...Read More

  • 5. Karez Irrigation System

    Historic District/Site

    This remarkable 2,000-year-old underground irrigation system allowed the desert cities of the Silk Road to flourish despite an unrelentingly...Read More

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