In its northern part a river called the Tarim flows from west to east.
In spring they return 168 to the Tarim lakes, and follow exactly the same course as in autumn, and so on from year to year.
The Tarim and Lop-nor had swung like a pendulum to the south, and men, animals, and plants were obliged to follow.
The Tarim basin, though sometimes united under foreign rule, had no indigenous national unity.
Nestorian Christianity also existed in the Tarim basin and became prominent in the seventh century.
But Buddhism was not extinguished and lingered here longer than in other parts of the Tarim basin.
Here he procured a Kathiri escort and pushed on through Saiyun to Tarim, the former capital.
The importance of the Tarim basin is due to the excellent preservation of its records and its close connection with China.
Another important argument is, as we have mentioned, based on the bulk of water discharged by the Tarim at its mouth.
Numerous Tibetan documents discovered in the Tarim basin date from this period.