Ancient Xinjiang at the International Crossroads

Marika Vicziany

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This book unveils the ancient secrets of Xinjiang,
western China, one of the least known but culturally
rich and complex regions of the heart of Asia. Xinjiang
is perhaps most famous for its lethal desert, the
Taklamakan (Figure 1), its name in the local Uyghur
language translating as ‘You can go in, but you will
never come out’. For those who have a good grasp of
geography it may also be known as the core part of
the routes along the ancient Silk Roads, hazardous
paths from one small patch of green oasis to another,
days apart across perilous sandy wastes. In recent
years Xinjiang has also become known for its so-called
‘mummies’, remarkably preserved bodies protected
from decay by heat and saline sands.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Cultures of Ancient Xinjiang, Western China
Subtitle of host publicationCrossroads of the Silk Roads
EditorsAlison V.G. Betts, Marika Vicziany, Peter Jia, Angelo Andrea Di Castro
Place of PublicationSummertown Oxford UK
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781789694079
ISBN (Print) 9781789694062
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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