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Abakh Khoja Tomb

Abakh Khoja Tomb  Located 5㎞ (3.1 miles) northeast of the city of Kashgar, it served as the family, a famous Islamic missionary, the powerful ruler of Kashgar in the 17th century who was revered as a prophet and second only to Mohammed.  It is said that Rong Fei Iparhan, a favorite Concubine of Emperor Qian Long, was buried here. There is a carriage in the mourning hall, which was used to carry Rong Fei’s coffin. There was always a rich fragrance of oyster flower from the body of Rong Fei. And because of this, she won the good name of “Fragrant Imperial Concubine”. However, the tomb here has all long been called “the Tomb of the Fragrant Imperial Concubine”. And the Fragrant Imperial Concubine, after her death, was buried in East Mausoleum in Zunhua County, Hebei Province. In fact, the Tomb of Abakh Khoja was first built in 1640; all five generations of the family are buried within.  There were 72 tombs in total until an earthquake destroyed some. The first generation buried here was Yusuf Hoja, a celebrated Islam missionary. After he died, his eldest son Apak Hoja died in 1693, buried here and his reputation was greater than his father’s, so the tomb was renamed “Abakh Khoja Tomb”.  Here is a tomb containing Fragrant Imperial Concubine personal effects. The legend goes that among those, a tomb known as the Xiang Fei (Fragrant Concubine) Tomb is in memory of Abakh Khoja’s grand-daughter, Iparhan. She was the Fragrant Concubine of Emperor Qian Long of the Qing period and was called Xiang Fei because of the delicate fragrance sent forth by her body. Upon her death 120 people spent three years carrying her coffin back to Kashgar and buried here.  Abakh Khoja tomb is a typical mausoleum of Uygur style. Apart from the tomb, there are a sermon hall, a salat (prayer) hall, an arch gate, a water pond and an orchard. The tomb is a large rectangular, vaulted building. Brilliant, exquisite, solemn and respectful, it is indeed a masterpiece of the Uygur architectural art. The Tomb Hall, a 17-meter-(55.8 foot) diameter dome is covered with beautiful flowers patterns on a white background, glittering, simple and elegant are settled on the high terrace. The salat (prayer) hall in the west part of the tomb (Ayitijiayi) is the place where the Muslim believers conduct service on big days. The Lesser Hall of Prayer and the gate tower are outmost buildings decorated with colorful paintings and elegant brick carvings.  It’s the holiest place in Xinjiang and an  Bayinbuluk-Korla (400km,4.5hours driving)  Drive to Korla, known as the "City of Pears" and the "City of Petroleum". It’s the capital city of the Bayingholin Mongol Autonomous Prefecture which is the largest prefecture in China, encompassing the eastern half of the Taklamakan Desert and extending to the borders of Tibet, Qinghai and Gansu Provinces. The fragrant pears produced in Korla are well-known in China for their sweetness and flavor.Visit the Iron Gate upon arrival and then Walking along the Peacock River after dinner to feel the local’s city lifestyle. 
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