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  • Children play, Arslanbob
  • Bread sellers, Samarkand
  • Turkish children in Istanbul
  • Shepherd girl with sheep
  • Bedouin children, Resafe
  • Bread seller
  • Children at the family home, Arslanbob
  • Trader
  • Sudanese men wait for ferry
  • Egyptian men chatting
  • Tajik waitresses
  • Kyrgyz family
  • Vietnamese family on the Perfume River
  • Catching a nap
  • Uzbek men chatting
  • Snake man of Saveh
  • Silk trader, Hotan
  • Chinese worker in Zhangye
  • Bagle seller, Istanbul
  • Woman sells bird food
  • Knife maker
  • Snack time
  • Boatmen, Shennong Stream
  • Boat traders, Tam Coc
  • Shepherd and grand daughter, Yekshenba Market

Waitresses in a Tashkorgan restaurant try to decipher my list of Uyghur and Chinese food phrases. I love the concentration on their faces.

These people are most likely Tajik.

Tashkorgan is a small town about 300 km up the Karakoram Highway in the Pamir Mountains. It is the exit to and entry from Pakistan over the Khunjerab Pass. The elevation in Tashkorgan is about 3100 meters.

Tashkorgan literally means "Stone Fortress" (the ruin of which is worth a visit) and has been a strategic post on this spur of the Silk Road for about 2000 years.

Tashkorgan, Tajik Autonomous County, Xinjiang, China.

[Photographer: Jonathan E Tyrrell]

Tajik waitresses