Karakoram Highway, China
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Photos taken by David Stanley along the Karakoram Highway in western China.
    The Karakoram Highway between China and Pakistan is one of the highest paved highways in the world. From Kashgar, the Chinese section runs 290 km south to Tashkurgan.

    The Karakoram Highway between China and Pakistan is one of the highest paved highways in the world. From Kashgar, the Chinese section runs 290 km south to Tashkurgan.

    From the 6th century the Stone Fort at Tashkurgan, Xinjiang, China, occupied a stratergic location on a branch of the ancient Silk Road from China to South Asia.

    From the 6th century the Stone Fort at Tashkurgan, Xinjiang, China, occupied a stratergic location on a branch of the ancient Silk Road from China to South Asia.

    Muztagh Ata (7,509 meters), second highest in the Pamir Range, is visible to the north of the Stone Fort at Tashkurgan, Xinjiang, China

    Muztagh Ata (7,509 meters), second highest in the Pamir Range, is visible to the north of the Stone Fort at Tashkurgan, Xinjiang, China

    An eagle statue overlooks the main crossroads in Tashkurgan, Xinjiang, China. The snowcapped mountains west of the city form the border with Tajikistan.

    An eagle statue overlooks the main crossroads in Tashkurgan, Xinjiang, China. The snowcapped mountains west of the city form the border with Tajikistan.

    Muztagh-Ata, second highest mountain (7,509 meters) in the Pamir Range. is reflected in the waters of Lake Karakol, the highest lake (3,600 meters) on the Pamir Plateau.

    Muztagh-Ata, second highest mountain (7,509 meters) in the Pamir Range. is reflected in the waters of Lake Karakol, the highest lake (3,600 meters) on the Pamir Plateau.

    The Karakoram Highway passes these picturesque sand dunes along the Bulunkou River between Kashgar and Tashkurgan, Xinjiang, China.

    The Karakoram Highway passes these picturesque sand dunes along the Bulunkou River between Kashgar and Tashkurgan, Xinjiang, China.

    The outer city wall of ancient Tashkurgan, Xinjiang, China, extends from the Stone Fort. First built in the 6th century, the fort was an important stop on the ancient Silk Road.

    The outer city wall of ancient Tashkurgan, Xinjiang, China, extends from the Stone Fort. First built in the 6th century, the fort was an important stop on the ancient Silk Road.

    Muztagh Ata (7,509 meters) is the second highest in the Pamir Range. Muztaga Glacier Park offers visitors the chance to hike to a glacier or climb the "Father is Ice Mountains" from the Karakorum Highway.

    Muztagh Ata (7,509 meters) is the second highest in the Pamir Range. Muztaga Glacier Park offers visitors the chance to hike to a glacier or climb the "Father is Ice Mountains" from the Karakorum Highway.

    The eternal snows of the Pamir Mountains (the "Roof of the World") rise above the Karakoram Highway between Kashgar and Tashkurgan, Xinjiang, China.

    The eternal snows of the Pamir Mountains (the "Roof of the World") rise above the Karakoram Highway between Kashgar and Tashkurgan, Xinjiang, China.

    A yak rambles near Lake Karakol between Kashgar and Tashkurgan, Xinjiang, China. The animal is found throughout the Himalayan region.

    A yak rambles near Lake Karakol between Kashgar and Tashkurgan, Xinjiang, China. The animal is found throughout the Himalayan region.

    Bactrian camels were once a mainstay of the Silk Road from China to Central and South Asia. These beasts were grazing near Lake Karakol between Kashgar and Tashkurgan, Xinjiang, China.

    Bactrian camels were once a mainstay of the Silk Road from China to Central and South Asia. These beasts were grazing near Lake Karakol between Kashgar and Tashkurgan, Xinjiang, China.

    Ethnic Kyrgyz locals have dressed up this woolly Bactrian camel to be used as a prop by Chinese tourists at Lake Karakol between Kashgar and Tashkurgan, Xinjiang, China.

    Ethnic Kyrgyz locals have dressed up this woolly Bactrian camel to be used as a prop by Chinese tourists at Lake Karakol between Kashgar and Tashkurgan, Xinjiang, China.

    Chinese tourists pose before Lake Karakol on the Pamir Plateau with Muztagh Ata (7,509 meters) in the background.

    Chinese tourists pose before Lake Karakol on the Pamir Plateau with Muztagh Ata (7,509 meters) in the background.

    Chinese workers on the Karakoram Highway  between Kashgar and Tashkurgan, Xinjiang, China.

    Chinese workers on the Karakoram Highway between Kashgar and Tashkurgan, Xinjiang, China.

    Kongur Tiube (7,530 meters), one of the highest mountains in the Pamir Range, is visible from the Karakoram Highway between Kashgar and Tashkurgan, Xinjiang, China.

    Kongur Tiube (7,530 meters), one of the highest mountains in the Pamir Range, is visible from the Karakoram Highway between Kashgar and Tashkurgan, Xinjiang, China.

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