This collection introduces all works by photo artist Chris Rayn about the topic "Silk Road".
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Browse Collections: Karakul Lake – Kashgar – Dunhuang – Turpan
At the end of the day, a Kyrgyz man is driving home his camels from the fertile pastures near Karakul Lake in Western Xinjiang.
A boy and his father return home with their grape harvest on a donkey cart during the Grape Festival
in Turpan - a former Silk Road oasis renowned for the sweetness of its grapes.
The sunset at Dunhuang reveals the boundaries between oasis and the endless sand dunes of the Gobi desert.
A camel is left to rest in the oasis of Dunhuang.
In the late afternoon, those visitors without vertigo climb the highest sand dune among the Mingsha dunes (the "Singing Sand Mountains") in Dunhuang to experience the sunset from the peak, which stands at an amazing 1715m.
Like other oases in the region, Dunhuang's economy has benefited from agriculture impossible in the surrounding deserts.
Karakul Lake is located almost 200km away from the next city, Kashgar, near the adventurous Karakoram Highway at an altitude of 3600m.
An Uyghur father is preparing his donkey cart together with his son to transport fruits to the market.
Uyghur sisters are posing in front of their house in the old town of Kashgar.
One popular dish of the Dunhuang night market is an aromatic soup prepared in a fire pot, which leaves a lasting memory for its spectacular cooking style in the open flame.
A little girl in traditional Uyghur garment is posing in the dusty streets of Kashgar's old town, conveying the innocence and fragility of a child, but at the same time also the maturity and seriousness of someone who needs to grow up quickly in the harsh, unprotected life of West Xinjiang.
The snow-capped Muztagh Ata is reflected in the brilliantly clear waters of Karakul Lake in Western Xinjiang.
The Flaming Mountains near Turpans are a mountain range famous for its bright red, orange and yellow hues which shine like fire at noon, while the temperatures in this region of Xinjiang only increase the impression of a place made of fire.
Vendors are offering fruits for sale on the Kashgar Sunday Market.
Dunhuang has been historically the last Chinese outpost before reaching the border regions.
Among the few dwellers of the Karakul Lake valley are a number of yaks which are grazing at its shores.
Among the loud, colorful, exciting jumble that is the Sunday Market of Kashgar, we hear the loud exclamations of traders trying to move through the pulsating masses with fully loaded donkey carts, shouting "Boish Boish", which can be freely translated as "Coming this way!" .
The ancient kingdom of Gaochang was once a major player of the Northern Silk Road.
A typical scene of carpet sale on Kashgar's famous Sunday Market, which despite its name now takes place every day in the suburbs of Western Xinjiang's biggest town.