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  The biggest market

''In the past Cascar, a region which is situated from the middle east to the east, was a reign, but now is dominated by the Big Khan. Here people venerates Mohammed [...]

Here thera are a lot of cities and villages, but the biggest is Cascar itself. Its inhabitants live with trade and handicrafts. [...] From this region a lot of merchants start their travel to all over the world''.

(Marco Polo, Milion, chap. 50)

''Look at this: in two years nothing will remain of the old city: just a model for the tourists. Ten thousand people have already been transferred, and received a misery for their homes.''

(Colin Thubron, Shadow of the silk road)