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Taklimakan Desert in Xinjiang The Taklamakan Desert, also known as Taklimakan, is a desert in Central Asia, in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China. As one of the largest sand deserts in the world, the Taklimakan Desert covers an area of 330,000 square kilometers.It is bounded by the Kunlun Mountains to the south, and the Pamir Mountains and Tian Shan (ancient Mount Imeon) to the west and north. It is crossed at its northern and at its southern edge by two branches of the Silk…

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Photo:                                   Taklamakan Desert is a desert in southwest Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, northwest China. It is bounded by the Kunlun Mountains to the south, the Pamir Mountains and Tian Shan (ancient Mount Imeon) to the west and north, and the Gobi Desert to the east.

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Gaochang (Chinese: 高昌; pinyin: Gāochāng), also called Qara-hoja or Kara-Khoja (قاراھوجا in Uyghur), is the site of an ancient oasis city built on the northern rim of the inhospitable Taklamakan Desert in Xinjiang, China. The site is also known in published reports as Chotscho, Khocho, Qocho, or Qočo. During the Yuan and Ming dynasties, Gaochang was referred to as "Halahezhuo" (哈拉和卓) (Qara-khoja) and Huozhou.

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Taklamakan Desert (or Takla Makan Desert) is the 15th largest sandy desert in the world, covering 320,000 square kilometers (123,550 square miles). It is located in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China. The desert is seen mainly by those crossing it on the road between the towns of Hotan and Luntai. The famous Silk Road edges around the Taklamakan Desert so travelers of the past could avoid crossing its dangerously dry center. Mummies dating over 4,000 years old have been found in…

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No. 31 Gaochang, Xinjiang, China

Gaochang, China is the site of an ancient oasis city built on the northern rim of the inhospitable Taklamakan Desert in Xinjiang, China, built in the 1st century BC as an important site along the Silk Road. A key role as a transportation hub in western China. Buddhism spread to China from India along the northern branch of the Silk Road in the 4th and 5th centuries. The building of Buddhist grottos began during this period, clustering close to Gaochang, the largest being the Bezeklik…

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