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Shipton's Arch is known as Tushuk Tash by Uyghur people meaning Pierced Rock and some Chinese call it Tiandong meaning Hole in Heaven. It is a conglomerate natural arch located in the Northwest of Kashgar in China's Xinjiang province.
The arch is about two to three hour drive from Kashgar, half of which is dust trak. Ladders have been placed to make the scramble to the base of the arch easier and evidence of other travelers is visible at the site.
The height of the arch is estimated to be 1,200 feet, about the height of the Empire State Building. The span of the arch is roughly 180 feet. The true height of the arch is not known. To approach it, one has to go through several feet rubble pile and a ladder to go up.
In May 2000 an expedition sponsored by National Geographic rediscovered the
arch for foreigners. KJTI organises a day tour of this area from Kashgar. The Kashagr in
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