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The Turfan Depression is an oasis region in Inner Asia, on the northeast edge of the Tarim Basin. Bordered by the Chol Tagh to the south and the Bogdo Ula to the north, Turfan is favored climatically and scenically by its unusual topography (154 m below sea level), which gives it long, hot summers and moderate winters. Located on the northern route of the Silk Road (Nestorian mission, map) and at a major junction for trade between China and Central Asia, during the first millenniu…

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Kollmar-Paulenz, Karénina, “Turfan”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 15 December 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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