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Excerpted from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Gaochang is the site of an ancient oasis city built on the northern rim of the inhospitable Taklamakan Desert in Xinjiang, China.
A busy trading center, it was a stopping point for merchant traders traveling on the Silk Route.
The ruins are located 30 km southeast of modern Turpan.

Gaochang was built in the 1st century BC.
It was an important site along the Silk Road.
It was burnt down in wars in the 14th century.
Old palace ruins and inside and outside cities can still be seen today.

Gao Chang (Pronounced Qara-hoja in Uyghur) is located in present-day Xinjiang Province, 30km from Turpan.
It played a key role as a transportation hub in western China.
There is not much documented history surviving today, only stories passed on through oral tradition exist to detail the history.
The German name for the site is Chotscho.
The archaeological remains are just outside the town at a place originally called Idykut-schari or Idikutschari by local residents (see the work of Albert Grünwedel in the external links below).
Artistic monuments of the city have been published by A. von Le Coq.

In 439, remnants of the Northern Liang fled to Gaochang led by Juqu Wuhui and Juqu Anzhou where they would hold onto power until 460 when they were conquered by the Rouran.
There were more than ten thousand Han Chinese households in Gaochang, and the Rouran appointed a Han named Kan Bozhou as their vassal King of Gaochang in 460.

At this time the Gaoche was rising to challenge power of the Rouran in the Tarim Basin.
The Gaoche king Afuzhiluo killed Kan Shougui and appointed a Han from Dunhuang, named Zhang Mengming, as his own vassal King of Gaochang.
Gaochang thus passed under Gaoche rule.

For a more information about Gaochang see Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This page was retrieved and condensed from (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaochang) see Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, November 2007.
All text is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License (see Copyrights for details).
About Wikipedia

This information was correct in November 2007. E. & O.E.

Hui Chin and I joined a conducted bus tour from Urumchi to visit Turpan.

It was a very interesting trip and full of drama, as there was many interesting places to visit and there was also a number of arguments on the bus about the tickets and sights to be visited, the sitting arrangements on the bus and also about the food and the quality and hygene standard of the restaurants we have visited.

To cap it all of, my camera's battery ran flat, half way through, our spare battery and another camera sitting safely back at the hotel in Urumchi (laughing at our misfortune), but a few weeks later I had even worst news, when, after returning home, I found out that two of my new 2Gigabyte SD memory cards, although seemed to work perfectly at the time, have invisible pictures on them.
The pictures seem to exist alright, with all around the 200 plus kilobyte properties and showing as jpeg pictures, but can't be viewed.
I have lost some very interesting, unusual and irreplacable pictures of Turpan, Urumchi, Bishkek in Kyrgizstan and pictures of the countrysides of Kyrgizstan and Kazakstan.


Now altough we were there and had our visual and phisical experiences, I have to take advantage of using Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia's resources with our greatful thanks.


Gaocheng ruins

Gaocheng ruins

Gaocheng ruins

Gaocheng ruins

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