Ruins of the Ancient Jiaohe, China

Ruins of the Ancient Jiaohe, China

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Caption: Ruins of the ancient city of Jiaohe, on the 30m high cliff. Bounded by two small rivers, it was established during the Western Han Dynasty and has played a role as a garrison town for its strategical importance until destroyed by Genghis Khan in the 13th century. Xinjiang near Turpan, China.

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Keywords: ancient, ancient china, ancient city, ancient civilization, archaeological site, archaeology, china, city, high cliff, historical site, jiaohe, republic of china, ruin, ruins, silk road, silk road trade route, silk route, turnpan, western han dynasty

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