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turkic settlement of the tarim basin

Alright, kiddo! Long, long ago (more than a thousand years ago!), there were a group of people known as the Turkic people. They lived in Central Asia, which is a big area with lots of different countries.

Now, the Tarim Basin is a big area in western China. Back then, it was kind of like a big empty space between some big mountains. The people who lived there were mostly farmers who grew their own food.

One day, some of the Turkic people decided to move into the Tarim Basin. They wanted to travel and find new places to live! Over time, more and more Turkic people came to the Tarim Basin.

The Turkic people had different ways of doing things than the people who already lived there. They spoke a different language and had different customs. But over time, they mixed together and created their own way of life.

The Turkic people who settled in the Tarim Basin became known as the Uyghur people. They built big cities, like Kashgar and Hotan, which are still there today. They also traded with people from other countries along the Silk Road, which was a big trade route that went through Central Asia.

So, to summarize: a long time ago, the Turkic people moved into the Tarim Basin, which is a big area in western China. They mixed with the people who already lived there and created their own way of life. They became known as the Uyghur people and built big cities and traded with other countries.