|CORONA satellite photograph over Jiaohe city ruins near Turpan (29/Sep/1966).|
"In the Anterior Cheshi Kingdom, King's seat is located at Jaohe city. The city is circumscribed by rivers, and hence comes the name of Jiaohe (Crossing Rivers)."
— The Book of the Han Dynasty edited by Ban Gu in the first century, Vol. 66.
Jiaohe city ruins can be viewed in the center of the photo as a spindle-shaped terrace. The main street runs through the city, and ruins of a Buddhist temple are located at the end of the main street. The city is surrounded by precipitous cliffs of 30 meters in height and the peninsula seems to have been cut off artificially from its base.
CORONA satellite photographs are available from U. S. Geological Survey, EROS Data Center, Sioux Falls, SD, USA.