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A tour of the ruins of the ancient city of Gaochang

Former oasis near Turfan

Petr Liška
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A tour of the ruins of the ancient city of Gaochang
Inserted: 30.11.2018
Author: Petr Liška © gigaplaces.com

Only about 30 kilometers southeast of Turfan you will find interesting ruins of the ancient oasis Gaochang (-50m). Due to the fact that it is located in the Turfan Depression, it lies more than 50 meters below the surface of the world's oceans. The whole city had to be quite large in its greatest glory, it covers an area of 1.5 km2. Today, you will find the ruins of clay buildings

Donkey taxi

Although it is not this locality who knows both the visited and several donkey taxis transporting tourists from the entrance to the locality to its center, where there are a few more preserved buildings.

Donkey taxi
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Ruins of Gaochang city

The donkey will take you to the southwestern part of the site, where the ruins are the best preserved. Here on the sidewalks you can see what is left of the city's thousand-year history

Ruins of Gaochang city
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Central square

After a short walk to the central square of the whole site

Central square
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Main warehouse

The building of the main warehouse of the oasis has been restored here

Main warehouse
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Buddhist shrine

The most famous building here is a Buddhist shrine, also restored.

Buddhist shrine
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A wasteland through a famous oasis

Most of the historic city is now just a wasteland. The ridge of the Fire Mountains can be seen on the horizon, and even further is the Bogda Mountains, which fall to the very eastern end of the Tian Shan Mountains.

A wasteland through a famous oasis
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Donkey taxi parking

We're coming back. The carriages are waiting for other customers here

Donkey taxi parking
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Mosque in the center of the new city

You are in Muslim Uyghur, so a nice mosque is being built in the new part of the city

Mosque in the center of the new city
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