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Tekes County, the World’s Largest Eight Diagrams Town
(Tianshannet) Updated: 2010-December-7 11:21:57


Tekes County at Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, famous for its layout of eight diagrams, is called the Eight Diagrams Town. The streets of this radical-pattern town are all joined and resemble a maze. Besides, it also presents rich folk customs, profound historical cultures, and charming natural landscapes.

This Eight Diagrams Town is so far the largest and most intact of its kind in the world. It is the only place in the world where the Wusun culture mingled with the I Ching culture, and the place where the Han Dynasty carried out the policy of allied marriage and had closest links with China's nomadic tribes in the western regions  for the longest period…

While just arriving at the Eight Diagrams Town, people would often get the impression that Tekes was not as mysterious as imagined. But the moment they climb the 50-meter-high eight-diagram tour tower at the center of the town, they will instantly get some idea on the glamour of the town. Getting a bird’s-eye view on what lies beneath the tour tower, people will see the grey streets, green lawns are arranged in a crisscross pattern, in the shape of an eight-diagram basin.


The Eight Diagrams Town has a miraculous feature: It does not have a single traffic light. As proposed by experts and scholars, since all the roads are closely joined, the county seat will not suffer from traffic jams. Vehicles and foot passengers will arrive at the destinations, no matter which ways they choose. The traffic lights were abolished in 1996. Since then, the Eight Diagrams Town became a place without any traffic lights.

(SOURCES:Chinaculture.org)Editor: zhaoqian

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