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Loulan Ancient City & Yadan Spectacle

 Ancient City of Loulan

The worldly known remains of the Ancient City of Loulan in Xinjiang is in the west of Lop Nur. The Ancient City of Loulan played a very important role on the Silk Road. Chinese silks, tea, and jewelries were firstly exported to other regions and countries through the Ancient City of Loulan. Every time trade caravans passed through this kingdom they would stop to rest. Loulan Kingdom was established before 176 BC. It was a relatively prosperous kingdom at that time. What puzzled many historians, was that this kingdom suddenly disappeared after hundreds of years of being prosperous and flourishing. The reason for its disappearance is still a mystery.


The remains of the Ancient City of Loulan cover an area of 12,000 square kilometers (about 4,633 square miles). An old waterway runs through the city dividing the city into two parts, the northeast part and the southwest part. The most notable remaining construction of this ancient city is three houses. The walls of these three houses are the only structures built with earth brick. They directly face the south city gate.


Admission Fee: RMB 5
Opening Hours: 8:00 – 16:00
Best time to visit Spring and Autumn


 Yadan Spectacle

There are big pieces of Yadan wind-erosion landforms in Lop Nur. Generally speaking they are found in the east, west and north of Lop Nur, with the northern one being the most famous. Because wind in this area is strong and frequent, landforms of wind-erosion are easily formed. These landforms present all kinds of shapes under a dusky sky. Sometimes they are an enormous army with invincible and mighty vigor. Sometimes they become many whales playing in the desert sea. Sometimes they are pavilions while at other times they are mysterious castles. If you go to the Yadan Spectacle your eyes will be filled with the magic of unique strange scenes that will definitely arouse your imagination to a supernatural world.

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