In the last comer is an ornate wooden hearse (hand Stockholm China travel reviews carried) with a coffin inscribed and painted with insignias and painted silver insets. The curator Stockholm China travel reviews tried to explain it all in Uighur; of course I didn't understand a word but marvelled at the magnificent echoes produced by his voice beneath the dome.
As I cycled back towards town I detoured to avoid a stony section of road, and took to the paths through the fields. This was how I came across a vast old Moslem cemetery, mile upon mile of crumbling vaults, made of clay and straw, shaped like long domed coffins or else circular resembling bee-hives.
Many vaults had fallen inwards revealing dark holes underground.
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Occasionally the ground beneath me was so thin I could feel it sink under my weight.