Ancient Ruins of Jiaohe City, China
National implementing agency:
National Administration for Cultural Heritage
Project duration: Phase I: 1992-1993 Phase II: 1993-1998 Project total budget: US$1,000,000
"The ancient city of Jiaohe, located in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, was built with rammed earth and bricks 2 300 years ago. The city, situated along the Silk Road, was of great military significance and played a pivotal role in the economic development of Western and Eastern countries.
Since its decline, what was left of the city has steadily deteriorated. At present, natural forces threaten the site: erosion by gale force winds which blow dust and sand against the walls and fill the streets and courtyards with sand. Erosion of the cliffs by floodwater, threatening them with collapse, is the most serious and urgent threat to the ruins.
Under the project, experts from the Nara National Cultural Properties Research Institute and the Xinjiang Cultural Relies Bureau have been jointly undertaking archaeological surveys and reinforcing protective measures for the site. Since October 1992, several activities have been undertaken such as the restoration of the Northwest Temple, and consolidation of the cliffs. "
(Extract from "Preservation of Cultural Heritage through the UNESCO/Japanese Trust Fund" p.12)
Copyright : 2013 Permanent Delegation of Japan to UNESCO