Kizilgaha Beacon Tower protection for caravans on the Silk Road

Kizilgaha Beacon Tower Aksu Xinjiang
The Kizilgaha Beacon Tower provided security for traveling caravans on the Silk Road and prevented enemy invasions. Round earth tower built with a wooden roof, it rises to the sky in the middle of the desert as typical scenery of the region.

To ensure the safety of caravans on the Silk Road, the government of the Han Dynasty had installed watchtowers along the road. Among these towers, Kizilgaha is one of the oldest but the best preserved of all. After more than 2,000 years, it still soars skyward. Almost 15 meters high, it was used not only to protect the caravans but also to prevent the Han Empire enemy invasions. During the day, smoke was triggered when a fire was lit at night. Lying even 15 kilometers away from Kuqa, it is now easy to access in the desert landscape.

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