Typical of the oasis villages, this is someone's home, built over one of many carefully constructed waterways which channel water from the mountains, overland to the villages. Were it not for the mountains and their snow melt, these oasis town would not exist.

Typical of the oasis villages, this is someone’s home, built over one of many carefully constructed waterways which channel water from the mountains, overland to the villages. Were it not for the mountains and their snow melt, these oasis town would not exist.

A wide marble pedestrian walkway in Turpan. The gleaming floor is spotless and above this cool walkway are grapes and vines giving shade to those who stroll along this quiet path.

Image Data

Camera // Canon EOS 5D
Date Taken // 09-29-2006 13:06
Dimensions // 604 x 311
Aperture // f/6.3
Focal Length // 24mm
ISO // 320
Shutter Speed // 0.00 seconds
A local farmer in the village of Hotan (along the southern boundary of the Taklamakan Desert). His smile and sun-baked wrinkles welcome me at his melon stand.