Stone City

Stone CityStone City

 

More than 2, 000 years old, the Stone City is located in the north of Tashkurgan County, Xinjiang Province.The Stone City was famous for its location at the junction of the middle and southern route of the ancient Silk Road. Because it is an important strategic place, the Stone City was made the capital of Puli Country in Western Regions during the Han Dynasty (206 BC – 220AD). After the Western Regions were unified and ruled by the Tang Government, administrative offices were established here. Later in the Yuan Dynasty (1271 - 1368) the Government repaired its old buildings and enlarged its area. It was in the late Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911) that the Government built a new city to the south and the Stone City was abandoned.


Built on a mound of 20 meters high (about 67 feet high), all that remains of the Stone City today are parts of the periphery of city, such as the gate, city wall whereas the buildings inside the city had all collapsed. However you can still enjoy the view of the ruined Stone City, the surrounding snow-crowned mountains, grasslands, rivers and even the flavor of national traits of the Tajik people.
 

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