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Notes on the Geography of China: Kashgar Oasis

We're going to head out of town on the Seman Road to the northwest.

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The road is very straight with only an occasional right-angle turn.

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Somebody has money to burn.

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There's water here, and it supports a fairly dense population.

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Remember those wood columns in the mosque?

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A side lane. Electrification well-advanced.

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The locally famous cemetery is at Yopurghur, 50 miles northeast of Kashgar, but here's an ordinary one.

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Transport both by motor cycle and donkey cart.

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Orchard prunings.

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New construction.

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Open fields. Forget fencing. The air quality is poor, but naturally so, from desert dust.

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A birch crop.

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Saplings, trained.

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Field preparation is by hand and hoe.

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Greenhouses; the north side is solid; the tapered south side is open but with roll-up covers.

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Here the heavy covers are rolled up, though plastic sheeting is still in place against spring chills.

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A local palace.

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Hard to see more than this, but here's somebody with traditional taste.

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An air view of the oasis.

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And another.


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