Karasahr

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poor people

mountains on all four sides. There are hazardous passes on the route to Qiuci (Kucha) that are easy to defend. The water of a lake winds between the four mountains, and surrounds the town for more than 30 ''li'' 12.5 km ." Hill (2009), pp. 45; 427-431. According to ''Book of Zhou'', the kingdom of Yanqi (Karashahr) was a small country with poor people and nine walled towns, and described the country and their custom thus:


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. J. "China in the Sixteenth Century: The Journals of Mathew Ricci: 1583–1610". English translation by Louis J. Gallagher, S.J. (New York: Random House, Inc. 1953). This is an English translation of the Latin work, ''De Christiana expeditione apud Sinas'' based on Matteo Ricci's journals completed by Nicolas Trigault. Book Five, Chapter 12, "Cathay and China Proved to Be Identical", pp. 510-513. There is also


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); and *'''Tocharian B''' (Kuchean or West Tocharian) of Kucha and Tocharian A sites. During the turbulent reign of Wang Mang, Han lost control over the Tarim Basin, which was conquered by the Northern Xiongnu in 63 CE and used as a base to invade Han's Hexi Corridor in Gansu. Yü (1986), 413–414. Dou Gu (d. 88 CE) defeated the Northern Xiongnu at the Battle of Yiwulu in 73 CE, evicting them from Turpan and chasing them as far as Barkol Kazakh Autonomous

County Lake Barkol before establishing a garrison at Hami (Hami Prefecture). Yü (1986), 414–415. After the new Protector General of the Western Regions Chen Mu (d. 75 CE) was killed by allies of the Xiongnu in Karasahr and Kucha, the garrison at Hami was withdrawn. Yü (1986), 414–415; de Crespigny (2007), 73. At the Battle of Ikh Bayan in 89 CE, Dou Xian (d. 92 CE) defeated the Northern Chanyu (1st century

) Northern Xiongnu chanyu who then retreated into the Altai Mountains. Yü (1986), 414–415; de Crespigny (2007), 171. After the Northern Xiongnu fled into the Ili River valley in 91 CE, the nomadic Xianbei occupied the area from the borders of the Buyeo Kingdom in Manchuria to the Ili River of the Wusun people. Yü (1986), 405, 443–444. The Xianbei reached their apogee under Tanshihuai (檀石槐) (d. 180 CE), who consistently defeated


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of Cialis (Karasahr) with Muslim trade caravans (camel train). In 1605, in Cialis (Karasahr), he, too, became convinced that his destination ''is'' China, as he met the members of a caravan returning from Beijing to Kashgar, who told them about staying in the same Beijing inn with Portuguese Jesuits. (In fact, those were the same very "Saracens" who had, a few months earlier, confirmed it to Ricci that they were in "Cathay"). De Góis died in Suzhou District Suzhou, Gansu

Beijing inn with Portuguese Jesuits. (In fact, those were the same very "Saracens" who had, a few months earlier, confirmed it to Ricci that they were in "Cathay"). De Góis died in Suzhou, Gansu (Suzhou District) - the first Ming China (Ming Dynasty) city he reached - while waiting for an entry permit to proceed toward Beijing; but, in the words of Henry Yule, it was his expedition that made "''Cathay''... finally disappear from view, leaving ''China'' only

Protector General Chen Mu and his men. Crespigny (2007), 73. As a result, the Han garrison at Hami was forced to withdraw in 77 AD, which was not reestablished until 91 AD. Yü (1986), 415 & 420; Crespigny (2007), 73. From 78 AD onwards, General Ban Chao used the troops of the surrendered western states and launched several expeditions against the Xiongnu. Since 73 AD


hard life

about Kara-shahr and live a hard life with their herds ... :Just as these Mongols wander about here at the present day, so the nomadic tribes of an earlier period must have used this district as their entrance and exit gate. The Tochari (Yue-chi) Pinyin: Yuezhi , on their way from China, undoubtedly at that time passed through this gate to get into the Ili valley ..." ''Buried Treasures of Chinese Turkestan: An Account of the Activities and Adventures of the Second and Third German Turfan Expeditions''. Albert von Le Coq. Translated by Anna Barwell. London George Allen & Unwin Ltd. 1928. Reprint: Oxford University Press, 1985. Pages 145-146. Descriptions in historical accounts thumb 300px Tarim Basin in the 3rd century (Image:Tarimbecken 3. Jahrhundert.png) According to the ''Book of the Later Han'': thumb The chain of cities along the northern route along the Taklamakan, probably based on Bento de Góis (File:CEM-36-NW-corner.jpg)'s itinerary, from Hiarcan (Yarkant County) (Yarkand) to Cialis (Karasahr) (Karasahr or Korla) to Sucieu (Suzhou District) (Suzhou, Gansu) Since 73 AD, General Ban Chao had led several Han military campaigns into the Tarim Basin. It resulted in the retreat of the Northern Xiongnu to Dzungaria, while Ban Chao threatened and brought the city-states at the Tarim Basin to submission under the Han empire once again. Millward (2006), 23–24. General Dou Gu defeated the Northern Xiongnu at the Battle of Yiwulu in 73 AD, chasing them as far as Lake Barkol (Barkol Kazakh Autonomous County) before establishing a garrison at Hami (Hami Prefecture). Yü (1986), 414–415. In 74 AD, the king of Jushi (Gushi culture) submitted to the Han forces under General Dou Gu as the Xiongnu were unable to engage the Han forces. Whiting (2002), 195. Meanwhile (74 AD), General Ban Chao captured King Douti of Kashgar (Shule 疏勒), who was a puppet of Kucha (Qiuci 龜玆) and a resolute ally of the Xiongnu. Whiting (2002), 195. Later that year (74 AD), the kingdoms of Karasahr (Yanqi 焉耆) and Kucha were forced to surrender to the Han empire. Although Dou Gu was able to evict the Xiongnu from Turpan in 74 AD, the Northern Xiongnu soon invaded the Bogda Mountains (Bogda Shan) while their allies from Karasahr and Kucha killed the Protector General (Protectorate of the Western Regions) Chen Mu and his men. Crespigny (2007), 73. As a result, the Han garrison at Hami was forced to withdraw in 77 AD, which was not reestablished until 91 AD. Yü (1986), 415 & 420; Crespigny (2007), 73. From 78 AD onwards, General Ban Chao used the troops of the surrendered western states and launched several expeditions against the Xiongnu. Since 73 AD, General Ban Chao had led several Han military campaigns into the Tarim Basin. It resulted in the retreat of the Northern Xiongnu to Dzungaria, while Ban Chao threatened and brought the city-states at the Tarim Basin to submission under the Han empire once again. Millward (2006), 23–24. General Dou Gu defeated the Northern Xiongnu at the Battle of Yiwulu in 73 AD, chasing them as far as Lake Barkol (Barkol Kazakh Autonomous County) before establishing a garrison at Hami (Hami Prefecture). Yü (1986), 414–415. In 74 AD, the king of Jushi (Gushi culture) submitted to the Han forces under General Dou Gu as the Xiongnu were unable to engage the Han forces. Whiting (2002), 195. Meanwhile (74 AD), General Ban Chao captured King Douti of Kashgar (Shule 疏勒), who was a puppet of Kucha (Qiuci 龜玆) and a resolute ally of the Xiongnu. Whiting (2002), 195. Later that year (74 AD), the kingdoms of Karasahr (Yanqi 焉耆) and Kucha were forced to surrender to the Han empire. Although Dou Gu was able to evict the Xiongnu from Turpan in 74 AD, the Northern Xiongnu soon invaded the Bogda Mountains (Bogda Shan) while their allies from Karasahr and Kucha killed the Protector General (Protectorate of the Western Regions) Chen Mu and his men. Crespigny (2007), 73. As a result, the Han garrison at Hami was forced to withdraw in 77 AD, which was not reestablished until 91 AD. Yü (1986), 415 & 420; Crespigny (2007), 73. From 78 AD onwards, General Ban Chao used the troops of the surrendered western states and launched several expeditions against the Xiongnu.


political history

thumb The chain of cities along the northern route along the Taklamakan, probably based on Bento de Góis (File:CEM-36-NW-corner.jpg)'s itinerary, from Hiarcan (Yarkant County) (Yarkand) to Cialis (Karasahr) (Karasahr or Korla) to Sucieu (Suzhou District) (Suzhou, Gansu) Since 73 AD, General Ban Chao had led several Han military campaigns into the Tarim Basin. It resulted in the retreat of the Northern Xiongnu to Dzungaria, while Ban Chao threatened and brought the city-states at the Tarim Basin to submission under the Han empire once again. Millward (2006), 23–24. ref


agricultural+population

, in northwestern China. growing to 31,773 persons in 2006; 16,032 persons of which were Han (Han Chinese), 7781 people Hui (Hui people), 7154 people Uygur (Uyghur people), 628 Mongol, and 178 other ethnicities and an agricultural population of 1078 people. The town is well connected, being


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, the Turkic word for fire. The city had possibly once been called Yanghi-shaher or Fire City. Xuanzang, a stickler for precision and partial to India, had used the Sanskrit word for fire, agni, and transliterated this into Chinese, yielding 'O-ki-ni." Saran (2005), p. 61. thumb This 17th-century map shows Cialis (Karashar) as of one the cities in the chain stretching from Yarkant County Hiarcan (File:CEM-36-NW-corner.jpg) to Suzhou District Sucieu

of Cialis (Karasahr) with Muslim trade caravans (camel train). In 1605, in Cialis (Karasahr), he, too, became convinced that his destination ''is'' China, as he met the members of a caravan returning from Beijing to Kashgar, who told them about staying in the same Beijing inn with Portuguese Jesuits. (In fact, those were the same very "Saracens" who had, a few months earlier, confirmed it to Ricci that they were in "Cathay"). De Góis died in Suzhou District Suzhou, Gansu

Beijing inn with Portuguese Jesuits. (In fact, those were the same very "Saracens" who had, a few months earlier, confirmed it to Ricci that they were in "Cathay"). De Góis died in Suzhou, Gansu (Suzhou District) - the first Ming China (Ming Dynasty) city he reached - while waiting for an entry permit to proceed toward Beijing; but, in the words of Henry Yule, it was his expedition that made "''Cathay''... finally disappear from view, leaving ''China'' only


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, chasing them as far as Lake Barkol (Barkol Kazakh Autonomous County) before establishing a garrison at Hami (Hami Prefecture). Yü (1986), 414–415. In 74 AD, the king of Jushi (Gushi culture) submitted to the Han forces under General Dou Gu as the Xiongnu were unable to engage the Han forces. Whiting (2002), 195. Meanwhile (74 AD), General Ban Chao captured King Douti of Kashgar (Shule 疏勒), who was a puppet

of Kucha (Qiuci 龜玆) and a resolute ally of the Xiongnu. Whiting (2002), 195. Later that year (74 AD), the kingdoms of Karasahr (Yanqi 焉耆) and Kucha were forced to surrender to the Han empire. Although Dou Gu was able to evict the Xiongnu from Turpan in 74 AD, the Northern Xiongnu soon invaded the Bogda Mountains (Bogda Shan) while their allies from Karasahr and Kucha killed the Protectorate of the Western Regions

County Lake Barkol before establishing a garrison at Hami (Hami Prefecture). Yü (1986), 414–415. In 74 AD, the king of Jushi (Gushi culture) submitted to the Han forces under General Dou Gu as the Xiongnu were unable to engage the Han forces. Whiting (2002), 195. Meanwhile (74 AD), General Ban Chao captured King Douti of Kashgar (Shule 疏勒), who was a puppet of Kucha (Qiuci 龜玆) and a resolute ally of the Xiongnu


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Karasahr

'''Yanqi''' ( growing to 31,773 persons in 2006; 16,032 persons of which were Han (Han Chinese), 7781 people Hui (Hui people), 7154 people Uygur (Uyghur people), 628 Mongol, and 178 other ethnicities and an agricultural population of 1078 people.

The town is well connected, being located on the Kaidu River (known in ancient times as the Liusha), China National Highway 314 and the Southern Xinjiang Railway, and is an important material distribution center and regional business hub. The town administers ten communities.

The town has a notable Islamic population and contains the Yanqi Mosque.

The Buddhist Sanskrit name for the town was 'Agni' or 'Fire.' "Yanqi, it seemed, was the local derivation of yanghi, the Turkic word for fire. The city had possibly once been called Yanghi-shaher or Fire City. Xuanzang, a stickler for precision and partial to India, had used the Sanskrit word for fire, agni, and transliterated this into Chinese, yielding 'O-ki-ni." Saran (2005), p. 61.

thumb This 17th-century map shows Cialis (Karashar) as of one the cities in the chain stretching from Yarkant County Hiarcan (File:CEM-36-NW-corner.jpg) to Sucieu (Suzhou District) .

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