Five kilometers northeast of Kashgar, an ancient Islamic building nestles among poplar trees. With glazed tiles shining in the sun, its tower points to the azure sky. Tomb of Xiangfei is a master piece of Uigur architecture. Xiangfei, the only Uigur concubine among the 41 wives of Emperor Qianlong in the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911). 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. It is admired as a well-presented Islamic architecture complex not only in Xinjiang, but throughout China.[Photo/IC]
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