|very few years ago, Chinese authorities ordered to build a "crazy" highway from south to north in the Takamaklan desert(north-west part of the country).|
Very few part of it is visible on high definition, but here is a good satellite view. We clearly can see its left and right side protected by planted trees against the sand destruction.
Every few kilometers, a Chinese family without child (its a condition to obtain the job) live in a house built by the authorities, during two years, as the contract say. ...and quite well paid as it is said.
The work of this family is mainly to care the irrigated forest of its piece of highway.
If you take time to view all the Panoramio photos (especially to the north), you will appreciate their work and the beauty of this desert. Have a nice trip!