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Kashgar Abakh Khoja Tomb 1
17-SEP-2017

Kashgar Abakh Khoja Tomb 1

In China the tomb is better known as the Tomb of Xiang Fei, the only Uigur concubine among the 41 wives of Emperor Qianlong in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Legend has it that Iparhan, a descendant of Abakh Khoja, exuded an enchanting fragrance without using any perfume, hence the name Xiang Fei (Fragrant concubine in Chinese). She spent 28 years beside the emperor in Beijing, abiding strictly by Islamic doctrines. She wore ethnic costumes and was waited on by a special chef. Before her death at 55 she expressed her desire to be buried in her hometown of Turpan. The emperor so loved her that he had her coffin of clothes sent back to where it is now. This cost 124 people three years and a half. The ancient cart carrying the coffin of Xiangfei still stands in front of the mausoleum, adding a touch of mystery to the building. According to archeological findings, the authentic tomb of Xiang Fei is in the East Qing Tomb near Beijing.

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Joshua14-Sep-2018 01:46
An interesting historical background of the tomb. And a great image to come with that. Voted!
barbarajoy01-Nov-2017 03:03
Great composition. V
Dan Greenberg28-Oct-2017 16:46
Outstanding! Like a miniature, more colorful Taj Mahal. Brilliant composition and capture with that stormy sky. Thanks for the history of it too. ~BV~
Long Bach Nguyen16-Oct-2017 03:08
excellent composition and reflection, wonderful narrative of the place