ALSO SPELLED Lob-Nor, Lop Nur, and Lop Nuur, this name invites confusion as it has been applied to a lake (actually two), a village, and a region in eastern XINJIANG province (CHINA).
Lop is also the name of a "great desert" and a "large town" that Marco Polo mentioned and Faxian described.
The city of Lop was well located at the center of a network of commercial roads leading to China proper, Tibet, and Turkestan.
Caravans used to rest for one week in Lop before they undertook a one-month-long crossing of the desert.
The SILK ROAD merchants sought to avoid the shorter but hazardous route through Lop.
Only the bones of those who died during sandstorms helped travelers orient themselves though the immense plains of the Lop desert.
Some 217 mi (350 km) away from the Lop Nor Lake, Chinese maps show a city named Lop Nur (or Yuli) on the Konqi River that feeds the lake.
"Lop" designates also a village in Kara Buran, the southern basin of Lop Nor Lake.
Curiously, the Mongoliansounding name "Lop Nor" is not in use among the Lopliks, the Turkish people who inhabit the region.
They employ the term Lop for the area that stretches from the Ughen Daria River to the city of Charkhlik.
The Russian geographer Prschevalskij would have applied the name of the region to the lake (then desiccated) by mistake.
Transcribed Luobu bo in Chinese, Lop Nor Lake used to be one of the terminal lakes of the Tarim River.
The Swedish explorer Sven Hedin called Lop Nor a "wandering lake" because the fluctuations of the Tarim have created two terminal lakes that are alternatively full and empty.
When the river flows east, the Lop Nor fills up; when the river flows south, another terminal lake, the Kara Koshun, receives its waters while the Lop Nor dwindles.
Dam and irrigation projects have severely altered the water supply of the Tarim-Konqi system to the entire lake area during the 20th century.
Between 1921 and 1952, Lop Nor Lake covered 926 square mi (2,400 square km).
The lake has been totally dry since 1964.
All the other terminal lakes disappeared after 1972, when the construction of a large reservoir near Tikanlik, China, was completed.
- China’s glass-bottom bridge appeared to be not as strong as everybody expected
"The glass on the bottom got cracked just underneath the tourists
It is reported that one of the tourists dropped a metal mug on the bridge floor while visiting this new place of interest. It resulted in a glass crack. When this happened all the tourists were immediately evacuated and the bridge itself was closed to the public.
The representatives of the Shiniuzhai geological park, where the bridge is placed state that the accident didn’t threaten the visitors’ security as there was only 1 of the 3 glass layers that got cracked. The glassmaker also agrees that there was nothing to worry about and the glass cracks don’t pose any risk to the tourists. However, it’s hard to believe, but that is not the first material flaw produced by this company. A year ago the glass floor placed at one of the skyscrapers in Chicago got cracked and was supplied by the same company. "
- The ticket price at Disneyland will depend on how big the queue is
"The Disney Company has reported that the way to define the ticket price will be changed soon: the price will depend upon the queue size.
The new pricing policy is to be implemented in order to screen the number of visitors. It is noted that most amusement park lovers visit Disneyland on weekends. Therefore, the ticket price on Saturday and Sunday will be much higher.
Besides this, the price for the annual membership will also mount up. So, now the amusement park annual pass will cost you about 920 euro. "