TAKLAMAKAN, CHINA - JUNE 16: Abdullah Akun, age 60, works with his colleagues on the newly built Taklamakan desert highway on June 16, 2007 in Taklamakan Desert, China. The highway connects Aksu and Hetian of a distance of about 450 kilometers. The southern Silk Road route began in DunHuang and continued through the Taklamakan desert and to Khotan and Kashgar in the west. The men lived in tents along the road as they built the protection patterns along the highway, his to protect the road from sand. (Photo by Per-Anders Pettersson)..