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Border town links east and west

By Shao Wei  (China Daily)

13:36, December 09, 2011

ALATAW, Xinjiang - Once bleak and uninhabited, Alataw Pass, the country's largest land port of entry, is getting rich.

People gather in the town on the China-Kazakhstan border, which lies on the western-most point of Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, to engage in trade, tourism and shopping,

Saligy, a 42-year-old driver from the Republic of Kazakhstan, was waiting one day recently at the entry and exit building of the Alataw Pass. His cargo truck, carrying 23 tons of groceries, was parked outside the building.

"I drive the truck back and forth between China and Kazakhstan three times a month, and I can earn about 5,500 yuan ($864) to 6,000 yuan from each one-way trip," said Saligy, who has been taking cargo across the border for 15 years.

"Great changes have taken place and more people come to do business here."

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