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The Stone Castle,  in Tashkurgan, Xinjiang Province, China with the Pamir Mountains behind. Tashkurgan means "the stone castle" in Uygur. The town sits at 10,100 feet, along the Karakoram Highway. It was a caravan stop on the Silk Road and all routes of the Silk Road converged here to journey southward to Pakistan. It sits on the borders of both Afghanistan and Tajikistan, and is close to the border of Kyrgyzstan and Pakistan.  The majority population in the town are ethnic Mountain Tajiks. Xinjiang Province, China.