Jiaohe Ancient City

  • Yarghul ancient city is know as Jiaohe ancient city in Chinese, it is the best preserved largest and oldest ancient city ruins all over the country. Yarghul means "a cliff located between two rivers " in local Uighur language. The rivers play an important role like city wall for protecting the enemies, that is why this ancient city did not have city wall like other ancient cities.
    Yarghul (jiaohe) ancient city is 1657m long and 300m wide with an area of about 220,00 square meters .
    Turpan city of Jiaohe hides some of the world’s wonders in terms of far- conventional architectural designs. It dates back to 2300 years and lies on top of a plateau 30 meters above, between two rivers. Twenty three centuries ago, the ancient city, also known as Yarkhoto, once stood alive as a part of the Cheshi state, China; it lied near to the Silk Road City of Turpan. The civilization had intelligent people that Indians had a proverb quoting that intelligence lied where the two rivers met. The city varies from other ancient cities from the fact that its buildings were dug straight from earth and it had two gates. Up to date, one can still enjoy the panoramic view of the ancient relics that still lie on the location.
    From the location of Turpan, Silk Road, you can vividly enjoy the rewarding view of one of the today’s Xinjiang’s best historical sites. Any trip to China would not be so worthy without visiting Turpan’s ancient city of Jiaohe. It is an area of great beauty and just by going though it, one can nearly feel like losing time and vanishing into the essence of history.
    When visiting the city, there are tour buses that will drop you at the location from the southern gate. After that, one is required to pay the entrance fee upon which he or she will be left to walk freely along and across the twisting miles of paths throughout the city. There is a wide central street in the city that divides it into western and eastern halves. Through this road is where one will meet a lot of the city’s structures including workshops and trading zones, whereas the residential areas lies on the western and eastern sides.
    Just like in the modern days’ city designs, the governmental and administrative offices are located in the central part of the ancient city. This portrays how men of that particular time administratively compared to the ones of today. When visiting this area, there are some tips you need to have like: do not give up going through the whole distance as the well preserved area of the city, the Stupa Grove, lies at the far north; do not astray from the road as CCTV cameras are established everywhere to prevent people from messing with the historical relic, visit the place in the morning and in the evening when the weather is favorable and lastly, do not forget to carry some drinking water.