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In order to be ready for the "China Olympics" total solar eclipse on Friday August 1st, 2008, a scouting trip in China and Mongolia was mandatory during the summer 2006. A recce in the Altai Republic, a Russian Federation autonomous region well known for its Altai Mountains and belonging to UNESCO World Heritage, has already taken place in August 2004. This new scouting trip in the Chinese Gobi along the "Silk Road" in the Xinjiang Uighur province and Western Mongolia had for main goal to get the best weather on all the eclipse path. The Great Gobi Strictly Protected Area was established in 1976 and was included in the World Network of Biosphere Reserves in 1990 as one of the largest biosphere reserves in the world (5.3 million hectares).
Kashgar is sited west of the Taklamakan desert at the feet of the Tian Shan mountain range and has been noted from very early times as a political and commercial center. The Kashgar oasis is where both the northern and southern Silk Roads around the Taklamakan desert converge.
There are opportunities to visit the 7,546 meters high impressive Muztagh Ata peak base camp and then do some climbing for the most adventurous.


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City Kashgar
City of Kashgar

Idkah Mosque Square
Idkah Mosque square

Idkah Mosque
Idkah Mosque

Doorway Idkah Mosque
Doorway of the Idkah Mosque

Ceiling Idkah Mosque
Ceiling of the Idkah Mosque

Idgah Idkah Mosque
Idgah of the Idkah Mosque

Inside Idkah Mosque
Inside the Idkah Mosque

Layout Idkah Mosque
Layout of the Idkah Mosque

One Preaching Stand Idkah Mosque
One of the preaching stands
of the Idkah Mosque

Construction Date Idkah Mosque
Construction date
of the Idkah Mosque

Alley Kashgar Bazaar
Alley in the Kashgar bazaar


Merchant street in Kashgar
Merchant street in Kashgar


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