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An ancient oasis in China's remote desert

07:29 Mon Mar 20, 2017


Taken from/By: BBC News
Report by: BBC News

*The air here has a matte gold colour, a reflection of the rugged, desert landscape. *

Far on the horizon, the peaks of the Tianshan Mountains shimmer, while in the foreground, China’s Turpan Basin is dotted with chunches, the Uyghur name for the small, square buildings where grapes are dried.

Despite the harsh climate, the Turpan soil is fertile and vineyards flourish throughout the area.

More than a dozen different types of grapes are grown here, and the water the grapes need to grow is brought to their vines by an ancient irrigation system called the karez, or ‘well’, in the Uyghur language.



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