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Beyond the desert

After crossing the desert, we continued westwards along its southern edge. Then we headed north, circling the western end of the desert, to reach Kashgar.

Jiya Village, Hotan Prefecture - traditional silk factory

Boiling silk cocoons

A villager bought an unprofitable state-owned mill and offered trained local people in weaving and dying. He now employs over 30 craftsmen, selling silk to customers at home and abroad. The silk is especially popular in neighbouring Uzbekistan.

Hotan - open-air jade market

Hotan - open-air jade market

Hotan - open-air jade market

Hotan - shop near open-air jade market

Hotan

Hotan

Hotan

Hotan - gigantic statue of Chairman Mao patronising a local

Yarkand - graveyard behind Altyn Mosque

Yarkand - graveyard behind Altyn Mosque. Mausoleum detail.

Yarkand - graveyard behind Altyn Mosque

Yarkand old town. The child at the rear on the right is wearing a print pattern often worn by Uyghur girls and young women.

Yarkand old town

Lake Kara Kul, Xinjiang

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