Camel city located 20 km south west of Gaotai County (90 km south west of Zhangye). The city is 704 meters long from north to south and 425 meters wide from east to west, which covers an area of nearly 300,000 sq meters. The remnant wall is 7 meters high and was rammed by yellow earth with layers of 0.10-0.15 meters thick, it has a base of 6 meters thick.
Camel city was constructed in Eastern Jin dynasty of 397 AD, was the capital of Northern Liang dynasty. It was called Jiankang in Tang dynasty. The city leads to Western region and was an important stop for the Silk Road. In history, the city was abandoned several times because of wars and water depletion. By early Ming dynasty it totally degenerated into desert with wild grass and became a popular place for grazing camels, Hence the name “camel city”
To the south, north and west directions of camel city, on the desert of Gobi, there spread with more than 2000 tombs of different periods.
In 1996, Camels city was listed as national key cultural relic protection site.