Ancient City of Mallikurwatur

Ancient City of MallikurwaturAncient City of Mallikurwaturis also known as Mallikurwatur Ruins.It lies 25 km southwest of Hotan, on the west bank of the Jade Dragon Kashi River. Ten kilometers (6 miles) long from north to south and two kilometers (1 mile) wide from east to west, it was built 1,500-1,600 years ago, with the Kunlun Mountain to the south.It is believed to be the ancient city of Yutian Kingdom although disputes claim it used to be a monastery compound.

From 1977,  some pieces of cultural relics have been excavated.Jade articles, pottery and a large number of old coins like Wu Zhu Qian (five zhu money) coin in the Western Han (206 BC-24 AD) Dynasty and Kai Yuan Tong Bao coin of the Tang Dynasty (618-907) were excavated here, therefore, some experts deem that this was the capital city of the Tian Kingdom in the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220). Furthermore, clay platforms are found widely about one kilometer (1,094 yards) south of the ancient city, where is conjectured to be the Palace;the living place of the officials and nobles. While, relics of murals and figures of Buddha, especially a fine clay Buddha's head were also discovered to the south of clay platforms, where there was presumed to be a Buddhist temple.

In addition, ancient tombs and buildings along with three mysterious caves are also worth of visiting in the ancient city.

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