Sleeping In

Sleeping In

A child sleeps on the roof of a home in Turpan in 2004. Summer months are very hot in this oasis city and it is common for people to take advantage of the cooler night air by sleeping outside on their rooftops. Much has changed in this city since 2000. Personal cars and taxis speed down roads once filled with the colors and bells of Uighur donkey carts (laws now forbid the use of donkey carts in town during most hours of the day). New construction permeates the city and tourist sites have acquired a strange, Disney-like quality. This peaceful scene was photographed from an air-conditioned hotel room window looming several stories above.

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Stacey Irvin
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