The smallest county in Xinjiang: once isolated from the rest of the world for nearly a hundred years, it was found to be a desert treasure because of highway construction

In the vast desert, it is difficult to survive without oasis and water. The real desert is no different from the death zone for us. So in addition to the so-called exploration teams and geological exploration teams with sophisticated equipment, it is impossible for ordinary people to go deep into the desert and return intact, which also leads to the problem that we know little about the interior of the desert itself. If there is a small village somewhere in the desert now, and there are not many people, but they are isolated from the world for years and only live their own lives, do you think it is possible? Today, Xiaobian is going to introduce to you the first village in the desert in China. It was discovered because of the construction of a highway. It is like a paradise in the world.

At least before the 1980s, it was possible because at that time, a small village in the Taklimakan Desert of Xinjiang, named Yatong Guzi, was discovered by the world because people built desert roads. They can’t speak Chinese, they don’t know what time it is, and they don’t know where they belong. A group of enigmatic people and an enigmatic village appeared 18 kilometers away from the desert highway.



Now we know that the name of this village is Yatong Guzi. It is a village-level unit, belonging to Minfeng County in Xinjiang, and is the smallest county in Xinjiang. There are 56 families here, including 10 Han families and the rest are Uighurs. Although they are in Xinjiang, before the construction of the desert highway, it became the most remote place in the world just because of a large desert stretching hundreds of kilometers. It is difficult for people to get out of the desert without sufficient reserves, and people outside do not know this place at all.


In fact, this village is like a desert treasure land favored by nature. The hottest weather is July and August every year, and the desert area should be the most difficult time at this time. However, a river named Yatong Guzi River formed after the melting of the snow water in Kunlun Mountains will flow to the village, so people have a water source for survival. When the river gradually dried up over time, people had to drink the water collected previously. So life is relatively difficult.


But all this suffering is now over. When people found this village, and when it re-established close ties with the world, the village has been concerned and helped. Now there will be a fork road from the desert highway to the nearby village. From here, you can drive directly to the village, and you can transport living materials back and forth to supply the daily life of the people in the village.

Now it is a village known to desert caravans and donkey friends. Although it is still a small crossroad and a few small shops, this does not hinder people’s interest in stopping and resting here. People in this village mainly grow the famous Xinjiang ‘Andir’ melon.


The villagers living in the village can be said to be warm and simple. In addition to some problems in language communication, they feel very kind and lovely. Near the village, there are populus euphratica forests, sand mountains, and a panoramic view of the desert. If you also yearn for desert customs and want to take a desert trip in Xinjiang, don’t forget this desert village.