Silk culture and carpet manufacture have flourished for ages at Khotan, and the products always find a ready sale at Kashgar.
They had already heard that I intended to travel to Khotan in midwinter.
“History of Khotan,” translated by M. Abel Rémusat, pp. 55, 56.
I brought a supply with me which was enough for the journey to Khotan.
Stein, Ancient Khotan, plates xiii-xvii and xl, pp. 83 and 482 ff.
The invaders were Turks, the rescued prince a king of Khotan.
I had not yet said anything to them, but they understood that there was no question of Khotan.
The discovery near Khotan of official documents written in Prakrit makes colonization as well as religious missions probable.
It is only in Khotan that tradition, if not history, gives a more detailed narrative.
But when the hold of China relaxed about the time of the Christian era it was subdued by the neighbouring kingdom of Khotan.