Stone City at the north of the Tashkurgan is a significant castle
ruins on the ancient Silk Road. The old fortress was built on a
precipitous hillock. Outside the castle were broken city walls
which were built with huge rocks. These walls stretch around 1300
meters along the city. The wall was 6 meters high and about 1-3
meters wide at the top.
On the four corners of the wall there were originally watching
towers but they all collapsed. The stone city is unique with
bizarre-shaped stones littering everywhere. Hearth ruins were found
at the site. At the southeast of the city is a temple ruin where
once pottery, Tang coins, stuff weaved with silk were excavated.
The ruin was the capital of the Puli Kingdom, one of the 36
kingdoms in the Western Region under the jurisdiction of the Han
Dynasty. The Tang rulers set administration office here to rein the
region after it unified the area. The Yuan government had enlarged
and reconstructed the Stone City for military purpose. It was in
the Qing Dynasty that the government built a new city in the south
and the Stone City was deserved.Regular buses from Kashi to Tash Kurghan are all transit vehicles,
arriving at night and continue to go to Hongqilafu port and Susite
in Pakistan the next day.
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