Centuries ago travelers from Persia and Samarkand, from Turkmenistan and as far as Rome, crossed the arching mountains of "the Roof of the World." Dropping down from the icy passes they reached a verdant oasis, fields of melons surrounding a dust-blown earthen brick fortress -- the famed walled city of Kashgar. There, refreshed, they sold their yaks for camels to continue, skirting the fiery Taklamakan Desert.

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