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Yugu, an ethnic people in the Western Regions
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Yugu, an ethnic people in the Western Regions

Yugu is an ethnic minority people inhabited in the southern area of the Hexi Corridor in Gansu Province. They are descendents of the monadic Uighurs who roamed around the Orkhon Valley during the Tang Dynasty. In mid-9th century, one branch of the Uighurs moved to the Hexi Corridor in Gansu, known as the “Hexi Uighurs” in history. In the early Ming Dynasty, the Hexi Uighurs gradually moved to t...

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The Niya Ruins and the Ancient Jingjue Kingdom
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The Niya Ruins and the Ancient Jingjue Kingdom

Located in the Taklimakan Desert one hundred and fifty kilometers north of Minfeng County of Khotan. Niya Ruins were first discovered by a British named Stein in 1901. Stein collected a lot of precious relics of the Han Dynasty including documents, pottery, wood carvings, coins and others, causing a sensation of the world’s archaeological community at the time. People were unable to unveil the id...

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Eagle Dance of the Tajiks
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Eagle Dance of the Tajiks

As an ancient people in China, the Tajiks mainly live in Tajik Autonomous County of Taxkorgan County in Kashgar area of Xinjiang. Eagle dance is a traditional folk dance of the Tajik people mainly for self-entertainment. It is usually performed as a pas de deux during festival seasons or evening parties at home. This dance originated from Tajik ancestors’ worship for eagle totem. So the dance mov...

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Ancient Gaochang City
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Ancient Gaochang City

Ruins of the ancient Gaochang City is located about fifty kilometers east of Turpan city. Gaochang Wall, built during the Han, Wei and Jin periods and abandoned during the Yuan and the Ming Periods lasted 1,400 years. The existing Gaochang ruins were built when it was ruled by the Uighurs on the basis of the Tang Dynasty structure. The ruins are divided into two parts, the inner city and the outer ...

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Flying Apsaras in Dunhuang Grottoes
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Flying Apsaras in Dunhuang Grottoes

In many Mogao Caves, there are images of flying Apsaras who are believed to be incarnations of heavenly gods Gandharvas and Kinnara in Buddhism. Their role and responsibility include : playing music and dance for Buddha, emitting fragrance, and offering precious flowers. Based on traditional Chinese legends about immortals, the flying Apsaras images were developed by integrating some features of ex...

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Yangguan Pass and Yumenguan Pass
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Yangguan Pass and Yumenguan Pass

The famous Yangguan Pass and the Yumenguan Pass are important passes on the northern and the southern routes of the Silk Road respectively. Yumenguan Pass is located northwest of the Dunhuang city. It got the name because the famous Khotan jade entered the Dunhuang from here; Yangguan Pass is located southwest of the Dunhuang city. It got the name because it is located south of the Yumenguan Pass a...

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Maritime Silk Road
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Maritime Silk Road

Maritime Silk Road refers to sea routes of the Silk Road through which China and foreign countries carried out communication, trade and cultural exchanges in ancient times. Maritime Silk Road was only a supplement to the land Silk Road. In later years of the Tang Dynasty, with frequent outbreaks of wars in the Western Regions, access to the land Silk Road was blocked. This stimulated the Maritime S...

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Xuanzang Traveled to the West to Seek Buddhist Dharma
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Xuanzang Traveled to the West to Seek Buddhist Dharma

Xuanzang (602-664) whose secular family name is Chen and given name is Hui, was ordained at the age of thirteen. In the process of learning Buddhism, he discovered discrepancies between the different doctrines advocated by different schools of thoughts. He was somewhat confused as to which ones to follow. So he decided to go to the birthplace of Buddhism in ancient India (known as Tianzhu in ancien...

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