The western region of xinjiang is full of mystery, no matter it is the ancient silk road or the mysterious taklamakan desert. With the construction of the section of national road in shaya county of 217, some strange natural landscapes disappeared in the vast desert, and were gradually discovered: millennium deathless, indestructible and corruptible “devil forest”.
The “devil’s grove” is actually a dead forest formed by dried up Euphrates poplar forests. Hidden deep in the taklamakan desert, which is known as the “sea of death”, it is a large primeval Euphrates poplar forest that died for thousands of years in the ancient channel of the tarim river.
These withered, dead poplar forests in the desert, in the evening seems to be reborn in general, with strange “body language” to each explorer into the desert interpretation of life and death story.
Taklamakan desert is the second largest floating desert in the world and the largest desert in China. In this desert, since ancient times there have been many mysterious and strange stories, although today’s taklamakan desert seems to be a barren, but it has a brilliant history, the ancient silk road through the entire south of taklamakan. Many archaeological data show that there was a lot of prosperity in the deep desert.
I also believe that many years ago, this “devil’s wood” in the desert was also a flourishing life. The tarim basin is dry and rainless. After the death of Euphrates poplar, it still stands in the desert for hundreds, even thousands of years. About “devil forest”, there is such a sentence: “live millennium deathless, die millennium don’t fall, pour millennium immortal”.
The “devil forest” in shaya county of southern xinjiang covers an area of more than 20,000 mu. As it is located in the depths of the taklamakan desert, there has been little human involvement for a long time. Therefore, the whole “devil forest” basically maintains a natural state without external interference. However, with the development of tourism in xinjiang, more and more tourists and photographers go into the “sea of death” and look for this “devil forest”.
Almost anyone who has heard of “devil’s wood” can’t help feeling curious. It is the largest and best preserved original poplar forest in the world. It is also the oldest poplar species in the world. It is the “hero” of the desert, and no plant can be as impressive as it was in life.
Enter “devil forest”, here seems to be the forbidden area of life, looking ahead, the sun is full of yellow sand and dead vegetation. Many explorers and photographers came, the former for the ancient silk road, the latter for the beauty of the desert. But in between, I think history and beauty are indispensable.
Along the 217 national highway to the southwest 6 kilometers, “devil forest” in front of, but no one dare not easily go deep into the hinterland, but everyone knows there are more secrets. And our feet of the deep yellow sand, perhaps there is an ancient code, hiding a certain dynasty. & have spent
Fossils of Euphrates poplar forests have been found in the tertiary new century strata of the kizil thousand Buddha cave and the blacksmith ditch in dunhuang for 65 million years. At the same time, Chinese archaeologists also found that more than 2,000 years ago, the ancient city of loulan, located in the depths of the taklamakan desert, was built of poplar wood.
The ancient city of loulan is the most mysterious place in the taklamakan desert. However, the ancient city has long been eroded by sand, leaving only ruins. Its mysterious disappearance confounded every archaeologist, historian and explorer. But surprisingly, the old city is no longer there, leaving behind the remains of poplar trees.
“Millennium immortal, immortal, immortal,” is not an exaggeration, its hard spirit has been proven by time. When I walked into this magical forest, I could not help thinking about the pallor and greatness of life, the narrowness and breadth of thought, the nobleness and lowness of soul, the truth and speculation of history with every step.
It is often said that human civilization cannot be separated from water. Whether it is the Yangtze river and the Yellow River in China, the Nile in Egypt, the Ganges in India, the Indus, the Euphrates in Babylon, the Tigris river, etc., fertile river land has promoted the development of human civilization. Naturally, the tarim river in the taklamakan desert is no exception.
The formation of “devil forest” is related to the tarim river. The tarim river is an ancient river that originates from the tianshan mountains and the karakoram mountains, runs along the northern edge of the taklamakan desert, crosses the southern part of aksu, shaya, kuche, luntai, korla and yuli, and finally flows into tetema lake.
The ancient river has enriched not only the land but also the human history, from the construction of civilization to the development of science and technology.
Between the sun and the sand, these tall and straight poplars are like ancient relics, telling the story of the taklamakan desert and the tarim river. And all I have to do, besides listening and recording, is to be in awe.