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Jiaohe

Listed under History in Jilin City, China.

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The ancient city of Jiaohe was built on high ground between two rivers such that the cliffs on either side formed a natural defence. This gave it a strategic value and it became the second largest city in the Gaochang Kingdom.

The ruins of this ancient city are still wonderfully atmospheric. It is easy to wander the various districts and imagine life here at the desert's edge even though the city was abandoned long ago.

The graveyard offers a puzzle that has yet to be solved. Why are so many children buried here? Further research is required before archaeologists can establish a medical reason or, perhaps, something more sinister.

Written by  Ian Ford.

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