Sites & cities that bear the name of Miran


Today in : China
First trace of activity : ca. 3rd century B.C.E
Last trace of activity : ca. 9th century C.E
Recorded names : Nop Chungu, Qitun Cheng, Yuni, 米蘭, 米兰

Description : Miran (simplified Chinese: 米兰; traditional Chinese: 米蘭) is an ancient oasis town located on the southern rim of the Taklamakan Desert in Xinjiang, Northwest China. Located where the Lop Nur desert meets the Altun Shan mountains, Miran was once a stop on the famous trade route known as the Silk Road. Two thousand years ago a river flowed down from the mountain and Miran had a sophisticated irrigation system. Now the area is a sparsely inhabited, dusty region with poor roads and minimal transportation. Archaeological excavations since the early 20th century have uncovered an extensive Buddhist monastic site that existed between the 2nd to 5th centuries AD, as well as the Miran fort, a Tibetan settlement during the 8th and 9th centuries AD.

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