Taklamakan desert, located in xinjiang, China, is the world’s second largest mobile desert. This desert has been favored by countless explorers since ancient times. No matter for exploring nature or searching for treasure, facing the harsh environment of “life forbidden zone”, this desert, known as “sea of death”, seems to have a powerful and magical power, attracting more people to uncover its mystery.
But in such a terrible desert lurks an ancient village hitherto unknown: dariyabue. Archaeologists and explorers have yet to find a clear answer to the village’s origins. No one knows where they came from. Some speculate that they are descendants of the ancient loulan and some think they are descendants of the guge dynasty in Tibet.
The ancient village was not discovered until the 1950s and was believed to be more than 400 years old. This village, 238 kilometers deep in the heart of China’s largest “sea of death” taklamakan desert, sits atop an oasis known as the “taklamakan navel,” one of the most isolated places in the world.
Some people call it the most mysterious village in China. The village is also surrounded by a river that has been flowing for thousands of years. More than 2,000 years ago, it crossed the taklamakan desert and flowed into the tarim river, forming the south-central passage of the silk road. The river is known as the kriya river, and the daliyabui villagers who lived on it and founded their civilization call themselves the kriya. But it is clear that traces of modern civilisation are beginning to permeate.
When the river creya seeps into the taklamakan desert, it forms an isolated oasis in the desert where the creya people live. This oasis is praised by many geological experts as the “peach blossom land” in the deep desert. As a result, more people are curious about how they got here and why they chose to stay. But history has not left us too many clues, in the face of desert oasis, can come once in my life, for me is a great luck.
Due to the remoteness of their location and the inconvenience of transportation, they always live in isolation. Even as more explorers came, including tourists, the closed lifestyle remained quaint and magical.
In order to give the kriya a better life, including health care, education, and so on, they almost all moved out of the desert to new homes. Now the old village is clearly a curiosity spot in the sea of death. But it’s still not for everyone who wants to come, because traffic and the environment prevent it from remaining pristine.
While most creyans have moved out, some here are reluctant to leave. Though the desert is harsh, it is not a heartless character in their eyes. Because of the keriya river, because of the forests of Euphrates poplar, they have been living a semi-settled, semi-nomadic life, and have great respect for the taklamakan desert, as well as a memory of home.
Most of the buildings here are made of poplar wood. On the way, I saw many scattered doors and Windows made of poplar. Despite the desert’s scarcity, they can still produce some of the most delicious foods on earth: naan and lamb. Daliyabue’s naan is well worth eating, and I personally think it is more delicious and precious than mutton. After people moved out, the village became a lot lonelier, and many doors were closed. Occasionally, I saw the creyas left behind.
There is little rain or snow, and people can only fetch water from Wells, but most of the water is sand and a little salty. In the eyes of tourists, the environment here is so bad that even the most precious water cannot be guaranteed. But faced with harsh conditions, the creyas are optimistic. This slightly salty water is still used to boil and drink, including mutton soup. What you may not believe is that the lamb soup cooked with this water is especially delicious, and it can’t be matched anywhere else.
Dariaburi used to be called tungusbazit, which means “the place where the wild boar was hanged,” but the ancient name disappeared from the history books in 2000 and is not found on the maps of China in use today. I never in my life thought that I could stand in a place that was out of sight on a map, and in a desert that the world feared.
As more and more cross-country road travel enthusiasts enter, those who remain have opened small shops and hotels in the village, which are simple but warm. If you want to experience desert culture and ancient villages, be prepared for the fact that there is no hot water to wash with because water is so precious.
Every spring and autumn, before the creyas had all moved out of the desert, vendors would come from hundreds of kilometers away, and locals would trade them for flour and scraps of daily necessities. Flour is an essential part of making naan.
Some scattered households in other parts of the village have a more primitive life, including the living environment. The hut in the picture seems to have no Windows and the door is made of euphratica, which is very simple but very durable.
When the village of daliyabui borders the civilized world, its children receive a good education. The girl in the picture is the only college student in the village. Instead of staying in urumqi after graduation, she went back to the desert and led the villagers to a tourist reception. The girl said that when she was a child, she mistakenly believed that the world was dariaburi. After reading, just know how wonderful the world is, but no matter how wonderful, she chose to return to the desert.