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introduction to the journey
the starting point changan
the southern route
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Afghani Afghanistan Aksu ancient arrived asked bazaar become border Buddhist camel caravans century Chang-an Charlie Chin Shih Huang-ti China Chinese desert donkey Dynasty Dzungaria earth east Emperor English eyes face farther foreign glanced guest Hami head horses Hsuan-tsang Huang-ti India Islam journey Kansu Karashahr Kasakh Kashgar Khan Khotan Kucha Kuldja lands learnt live looked maps Middle Route Mongolian mountains Muhammad Shaybani Muslim nodded nomads north-west Northern Route oasis offered passed Peking perhaps Persia question reached region remained replied returned river Russian sand seemed Shihotzu Sian silence Silk Road silk routes simply Sinkiang smiled Southern Soviet speak Takla Makan Tang Tang Dynasty tell thought Tien Shan told trade routes travelled tribes Tunhuang Turfan Uighur Urumchi valley waiting walked walls watching Western westward winds woman women wondered words Yarkand yurt