The ancient city of Jiaohe, Turpan, China. Among the earliest settlers of this area are Indo-European speaking Tocharians, populating the Tarim and Turfan basins no later than 1800 BC. It was an important site along the Silk Road trade route leading west adjacent to the Korla and Karasahr kingdoms to the west. Finally abandoned after its destruction during an invasion by the Mongols led by Genghis Khan in the 13th century.
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Ancient City of Jiaohe, Jiaohe Ruins. Located 10 kilometers west of Turpan in China’s Xinjiang Province, the Jiaohe Ruins is the largest, oldest, and best preserved earthen city on earth. The city of Jiaohe was the capital of the Jushi Kingdom from 108-450BC.