In 1987 AD Khotan China, reports of rioting, martial law, and widespread violence towards large unarmed mobs turned the attention of the United States government to a nuclear power plant in Xinjiang, China. The People’s Republic of China offered many different stories at first, but none that matched the brutality of the reports coming in, as well as the grave danger of a meltdown of the plant due to collateral damage.
It is rumored that when the US spy satellites maneuvered over the site, they took pictures of tanks and soldiers firing into lumbering crowds that ripped soldiers and civilians alike apart with their bare hands for no apparent reason. It was unclear why the mob was attacking the power plant, but some dissidents have suggested that the Chinese were using a site around or within the power plan to attempt to weaponize the Solanum Virus. These rumors have yet to be confirmed, as the Chinese government continues to strictly control press activity and investigations covering the event.
The Kingdom of Khotan was an ancient Iranian Saka Buddhist kingdom located on the branch of the Silk Road that ran along the southern edge of the Taklamakan Desert in the Tarim Basin (modern Xinjiang, China). The ancient capital was originally sited to the west of modern-day Hotan. From the Han dynasty until at least the Tang dynasty it was known in Chinese as Yutian. This largely Buddhist kingdom existed for over a thousand years until it was conquered by the Muslim Kara-Khanid Khanate in 1006, during the Islamicisation and Turkicisation of Xinjiang.
Built on an oasis, Khotan’s mulberry groves allowed the production and export of silk and carpets, in addition to the city’s other major products such as its famous nephrite jade and pottery. Despite being a significant city on the silk road as well as a notable source of jade for ancient China, Khotan itself is relatively small – the circumference of the ancient city of Khotan at Yōtkan was about 2.5 to 3.2 km (1.5 to 2 miles). Much of the archaeological evidence of the ancient city of Khotan however had been obliterated due to centuries of treasure hunting by local people.
Originally posted 2013-02-12 14:23:45.