Taxkorgan Tajik Autonomous County is 400 kilometers west of Kashgar city.
It is located on the roof of the world, the Pamirs Plateau and along the
ancient Silk Road. Taxkorgan in Tajik means "The Stone city"
It was so named because the Stone City is just 100 meters away from Taxkorgan Tajik
Autonomous County,
The history of the City can be traced back to Han Dynasty about 2000 years ago.
It was the Capital City of the Puli Kingdom,one of the 36 states in Western Region
under the jurisdiction of Han Dynasty.It had small scale at that time.It had been gradually
expanded during the Wei and Jin Dynasty. After Tang Dynasty had united the Western
Region,The Pamirs military office were set up here.At the beginning of The Yuan Dynasty
,the people went in for large-scale construction to build the city.During the Guangxu's reign
in the Qing Dynasty,The Puli Office had been set up and the City was restored once again to
to the scale we see the present day.

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.

Tashkorgan Stone City