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Blue-eyed Central Asian and East-Asian Buddhist monks, Bezeklik, Eastern Tarim Basin, China, 9th–10th centu

Blue-eyed Central Asian and East-Asian Buddhist monks, Bezeklik, Eastern Tarim Basin, China, 9th–10th centu

The Kingdom of Khotan was an ancient Buddhist kingdom located on a branch of the Silk Road along the southern edge of the Taklamakan desert in the Tarim basin (present day Xinjiang, China). The kingdom existed for over 1,000 yrs until it was conquered by Muslim invaders in 1006.

The Kingdom of Khotan was an ancient Buddhist kingdom located on a branch of the Silk Road along the southern edge of the Taklamakan desert in the Tarim basin (present day Xinjiang, China). The kingdom existed for over 1,000 yrs until it was conquered by Muslim invaders in 1006.

The Boar-faced Goddess Varahi Riding her Tiger: Folio from a Tantric Devi Series

The Boar-faced Goddess Varahi Riding her Tiger: Folio from a Tantric Devi Series

Dai poli al deserto. I Grandi Itinerari Lonely Planet | Repubblica Viaggi Kashgar market, Xinjiangf, China. Silk Route (Lonely Planet Images/ Jane Sweeney) Kashgar has long been on my bucket list as Silk Road city that has survived through the centuries, ideally to be approached after surmounting the great Karakorum Pass from Pakistan.

Dai poli al deserto. I Grandi Itinerari Lonely Planet | Repubblica Viaggi Kashgar market, Xinjiangf, China. Silk Route (Lonely Planet Images/ Jane Sweeney) Kashgar has long been on my bucket list as Silk Road city that has survived through the centuries, ideally to be approached after surmounting the great Karakorum Pass from Pakistan.

The Mogao Caves or Mogao Grottoes , also known as the Caves of the Thousand Buddhas , form a system of 492 temples 25 km (16 mi) southeast of the center of Dunhuang, an oasis strategically located at a religious and cultural crossroads on the Silk Road, in Gansu province, China.

The Mogao Caves or Mogao Grottoes , also known as the Caves of the Thousand Buddhas , form a system of 492 temples 25 km (16 mi) southeast of the center of Dunhuang, an oasis strategically located at a religious and cultural crossroads on the Silk Road, in Gansu province, China.

The dramatic nine-story entrance to cave 96 at the Mogao site, which contains the largest Buddha in the complex among other treasures.

The dramatic nine-story entrance to cave 96 at the Mogao site, which contains the largest Buddha in the complex among other treasures.

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