China | Xinjiang Province | Turpan | Emin Minaret
From the grape-vine trellised main drag of Turpan I walked about a mile through some back streets to the Emin Minaret. Completed in 1778 by Suleman Aqimu Boke in memory of his father Emin Khodja, the mosque and minaret complex has recently been renovated and is now a big-time pilgrimage and tourist attraction. Oddly enough, the outdoor market in front of the mosque has one of Xinjiang’s best selections of Buddhist art and artifacts for sale. The market also features a great selection of raisins—dozens of different varieties and grades—Korla Pears, Hami Melons (More Hami Melon News and Photos), dried fruit, nuts (especially Walnuts), and medicinal herbs.Statue of Emin Khodja
Tombs beside the Minaret. Islam believes in the bodily resurrection of the dead. Here are the bodies waiting for Resurrection Day.