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The Oriental Caravan's 

Postcard from 

the Southern Silk Road


September 2004


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Approach to Turgut pass, Kyrghizstan

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Kashgar backstreet

Fountain and statue, 

Kyrghizstan            Kashgar           Southern Silk Road            Kazakhstan


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Ceremonial guards, Bishkek

Mausoleums en route to the Tourgut pass

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Goat among goats

Family at Bishkek market

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Burana tower

Crescent moon on the fence 
of a grave, en route to Bishkek


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Steppe horses 

Outer spiral staircase 
of the Burana Tower

A bemused Marx and Engels look out across to the former headquarters of the Supreme Soviet of the Kyrghiz Republic, 
now the 'American University - Central Asia' 

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Inner spiral staircase of the Burana Tower

Sausages on sale in Bishkek market

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Bishkek central square

Grapes on sale in Bishkek market



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Uighurs, long term residents of Xinjiang

Great Uighur poet and philosopher Yusup Hazi Hajup's tomb, Kashgar

Lei Feng taxi, Kashgar

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New buildings, Kashgar

Singing and dancing fruit garden

Market street (Bishkek)

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Chinese tourists enjoy a cigarette 
on the steps of the Id Kah Mosque

Old Uighur Man, Kashgar

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Street barber, Kashgar

Id Kah mosque minaret 
as seen through the gate of a 
backstreet development in Kashgar 

In Kashgar a statue of Mao 
beckons towards the east

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Street market, Kashgar

New square in front of 
Id Kah Mosque,

Kashgar Market

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Wood turner, Kashgar

Soon to be demolished veranda 
in the old part of Kashgar

Video cassettes (in Arabic) 
on sale in Kashgar market

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Young metal workers, Kashgar

Prize specimen!

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Kashgari girl

Mahmud Kashgari - renowned scholar and author of Divani Lughat Turk, the Grand Turkic Dictionary, the first Turkish dictionary, written in the 10th Century

New development in Kashgar

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New building, Kashgar

Dentist, Kashgar

Old town, Kashgar

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Sheep bottoms for sale in Kashgar Market

Old town Kashgar

Chinese tourists pose 
in the new square 
 of the Id Kah Mosque

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Garlic seller, Kashgar Market

Mahmud Kashgari's mausoleum

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Mahmud Kashgari's mausoleum

Mahmud Kashgari's tomb

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Mahmud Kashgari's statue (Bishkek)

Bitter Melon Beer


Southern Silk Road



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Beached fish on tributary 
of the Tarim River

The desert loving Hu Yang tree found in some parts of the Taklamakan

Taklamakan mummies - mummified people from an Indo European tribe said to have inhabited the Tarim basin several thousand years ago 

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Khotan (Hetian) town centre 

Temple at Miran from where Aurel Stein removed frescoes of winged angels

Istanbul Supermarket,

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Outskirts of Khotan

Statue in the centre of Khotan of Chairman Mao 

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Malikwat ancient city, near Khotan

Tibetan temple, opposite the fort, in Miran

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One of many new roads under construction

Crumbling crenellation, Miran fort

Gez defile between Korla and Turpan

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Last remaining stretch of Road 218, the longest brick road ever built at 245 km, constructed during the cultural revolution

New resort set up at Bosten Lake  to provide leisure facilities for the ever increasing number of Han migrants arriving from China

New silk road under construction

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Gez defile

Museum building covering the site 
of well-preserved mummies near Cherchen

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Mummified person, Xinjiang

Great Leap west

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Tibetan fort, Miran

Mosque, Niya (Minfeng)

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Roadside shrines between Cherchen and Charklik

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Pottery shards, near Cherchen


Hard going in the sands 
of the Southern Xinjiang

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Highway between Charklik and Korla

Steppe cloud

Yusup Hazi Hajup's tomb (Kashgar)

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Lunch somewhere en route to Loulan new town

the 'Golden Man', a Sacae warriors costume 
(copy displayed)

that dates from around the 5th century BC, 
 found at
Issyk kurgan in south-eastern Kazakhstan. .

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Swastika patterned brickwork
Burana Tower 

Yurt erection, Kyrghizstan

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Bare landscape among the ruins of Miran

Newcomers bring variety
to the cultural life of new Turfan



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Hero of the Great Patriotic War 
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Close-up of the Golden Man's hat 
reveals mountain goats

Golden man's costume (copy)

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Guide and driver (Kyrghizstan)

Hell to pay at the Zenkov Cathedral, Almaty

Zenkov Cathedral, Almaty

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Russian menu, Almaty

Cattle as seen from the Turk-Sib Express,
en route to Almaty

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War Memorial, Bishkek (Kyrghizstan)

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War Memorial, Almaty

Caravan crossing the Taklamakan 
(photo of poster)

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That's all for the moment. The next set of photos will be from 
The Oriental Caravan's
unforgettable December desert journey through Libya. Until then, best wishes,

 from Phil

and all aboard The Oriental Caravan


Scene from the train on its long journey
 across the Kazakh steppe


Trips for 2005...

Japan - the Narrow Road to the Deep North

Tibet - Mount Kailash, Home of the Gods

Russia - a trek amidst the Shaman of the Siberian Altai

Bhutan - a Caravan through the Land of the Thunder Dragon  

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