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  Astana-Karakhoja Ancient Tomb

Brief / profile
The Astana-Karakhoja Ancient Tombs are a part of the Underground Museum of Turpan as well as Gaochang’s Living Archives. This tomb complex is 5 kilometers from east to west and 2 kilometers from north to south.


The tombs lie 42 km southeast of Turpan City, Xinjiang Autonomous Region and 6 km from the Ancient City of Gaochang.

Function or value in the past
The tombs were used to be the public cemetery of the ancient residents in Gaochang in the past.


They are divided by family. Han people as well as some ethnic minorities were mainly buried here. A slope with the length of more than 10 meters is leading to a flat-domed chamber which is 2 meters high. The dead bodies are placed on a wooden bed at the rear of the chamber. Around the cadavers, there’re








pavilions, parades, musical instruments, carts and horses and so on used by the dead in another world. In addition, the chamber also displayed more than 2,700 books, paintings, pottery cotton textiles and others which can date back to the period during 273 to 772.

Present condition

Nowadays, 456 tombs have been excavated. Of all the tombs, the king’s still could not been found. Besides, all the relics are well-preserved thanks to the dry climate.

Admission fee.

The admission fee for this attraction is RMB 20.


Today 3 chambers are open to the public. We highly advise visitors to enter those opened areas for your safety and do not touch the murals in the chambers. Besides, the recommended time for this visit is half an hour.




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