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Aksu River (Xinjiang)

The Aksu River is a transboundary river in the Xinjiang province in China and Ak-Suu District of Issyk Kul Province of Kyrgyzstan. In Kyrgyzstan it is known as the Saryjaz River. The total length of the river is 282 kilometres, of which 197 kilometres are in Kyrgyzstan. The Aksu River is the only one of the Tarims source rivers to run throughout the year.

Argu Tagh

For main article, see Pamir Mountains. Argu Tagh Turkic Argu Tag and Kumysh Tag meaning "Silver Mountains", Chinese Qinling meaning "Onion Mountains" is a mountain range separating the Turan Depression from the Xinjiang region of China. The Argu Tagh range is a northern extension of Kunlun Mountains, it continues northeast to the basin of Yili River, northwest beyond the Balkhash Lake, westward and northeast from Kashgar, stretching along the southern edge of the Tarim Basin, and forming the southern edge of the Taklamakan Desert. As "Onion Mountains", the Argu Tagh range was frequently me ...

Astana Cemetery

The Astana Cemetery is an ancient cemetery 37 kilometers southeast of Turpan, in Xinjiang, China, 6 kilometres from the ancient city of Gaochang. It served mainly as the cemetery for the descendants of Chinese settlers in Gaochang from the 4th century to the first half of the 8th century. The complex covers 10 square kilometres and contains over 1.000 tombs. Due to the arid environment many important artifacts have been well preserved at the tombs, including natural mummies.


Balawaste is an archaeological site in the eastern part of the Khotan oasis, near the village of Domoko on the southern arm of the Silk Road. It included a small room, an animal pen and a Buddhist shrine. It was excavated by Sir Mark Aurel Stein on his second Central Asian expedition 1906-8. Stein found pieces of stucco relief from a Buddhist statue and textiles. One of his local guides identified this site as the place he had earlier found woodslip manuscripts in Chinese and Brahmi script that had been sold to Stein at Khotan by Badruddin Khan. In 1915 while in Khotan on his third Central ...

Bamyan Province

Bamyan Province is one of the thirty-four provinces of Afghanistan, located in the central highlands of the country. Its terrain is mountainous or semi-mountainous. The province is divided into eight districts, with the town of Bamyan serving as its capital. The province has a population of about 455.000. It is the largest province in the Hazarajat region of Afghanistan, and is the cultural capital of the Hazara ethnic group that predominates in the area. Its name can be translated as "The Place of Shining Light". In antiquity, central Afghanistan was strategically placed to thrive from th ...

Barkol Kazakh Autonomous County

Barkol Kazak Autonomous County is part of Kumul Prefecture in Xinjiang and has an area of 38.445.3 km 2. It forms part of the China–Mongolia border on the countys north, while bordering Yizhou District to the south, Yiwu County to the east and Changjis Mori Kazakh Autonomous County to the west. Barkol was made an autonomous county on October 1, 1954. It is noted for camel and horse breeding with the Barkol horse well known throughout China. Due to the large number of camels, which is unparalleled in China, the county is nicknamed of the "county of ten thousand camels".