At the karez oasis

The word ‘oasis’ usually conjures images of date palm trees surrounding a rare source of water in a desert, perhaps with some camels…which is partially correct when it comes to the karez oasis near Turpan (sometimes written Turfan), located in the Gobi Desert of far northwest China.

Jiaohe, near Turpan, China

The adobe ruins of Jiaohe — an important city at one time
on China’s “silk road” — near Turpan [Read more…]