Duokou Highway | A comprehensive guide to the scenic spots of the Tianshan Mountain

The Kuche Grand Canyon is more than 5 kilometers long from north to south, with rugged red rocks and magnificent peaks. Recommended self-driving attractions along the way include the Yanshui Gou fortified site and the Keziergaha beacon site. After arriving at Kuche, the famous city in southern Xinjiang, you can visit the old city area, the Kezier grottoes, and the Subashi Buddhist temple site.

Kuche Grand Canyon National Geopark

Crossing the mountain road and approaching the Kuqa Grand Canyon, this is the final climax of the southern section of the Duku Highway. The Kuqa Grand Canyon, also known as the "Mysterious Grand Canyon of the Tianshan Mountains", is called "Kyzyl-Ya" in Uighur, meaning red cliffs. It runs along the narrow valley floor, with tall reddish-brown mudstone formations on both sides, reaching up to the sky, with folded and fractured landscapes, making it a natural geological park.
Saltwater Ditch Pass, about 20 kilometers before entering Kuche County, is a dry river bed that crosses through the Qiertag Mountain. Along the way, several ancient fortress ruins from the Han and Tang dynasties can be seen.

Kizilgaha Beacon Site

There is a Kizilgaha beacon tower site in the south, which is a majestic ancient beacon tower ruins standing in the wilderness, quite impressive.

Kuqa Old Town

The old town of Kucha is concentrated west of Tuanjie Bridge, at the western end of the city. The core area of the old town consists of Restan Road and the surrounding streets and alleys, where Kucha Wang's Mansion, Kucha Grand Temple, and Keheidun Beacon Tower are located. The buildings here are colorful old walls and courtyard doors, with colors like a fairy tale dream, and they have a weathered appearance. Each house has a similar but unique decorative style, representing a miniature of the impression of southern Xinjiang. If you have enough time, you can drive to nearby Buddhist scenic spots for sightseeing.
Kizil Caves, also known as Kizil Thousand-Buddha Caves or Kizilgaha Caves, are Chinese Buddhist caves located on the cliffs of Mingsha Mountain, 7 kilometers southeast of Kizil Township, Baicheng County, Xinjiang. The caves face the Muzart River Valley to the south. The Kizil Caves are the earliest and westernmost large-scale cave complex in China, believed to have been excavated around the 3rd century AD and gradually ceased construction in the 8th and 9th centuries. Its long duration is unparalleled in the world.

Subash Buddha Temple Site

The ruins of the Suvash Buddha Temple, built during the Wei and Jin dynasties, were once the royal temple of Kucha. It was as big as a small city, but only a few fragments of walls remain.