All of the major China travel books provide an ocean of information about Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong while only gently dipping their toes into the enormous province of Xinjiang. After years of fielding questions from FarWestChina readers who are seeking advice about traveling in the province I finally decided that it was time to do my part to fix this void of information. So I wrote my own travel guide.
…a must-read for anyone considering a visit to China’s northwest… – Asian Ramblings
I’m a perfectionist, however, which means that such an undertaking would not be easy. From July to October, a period during which I had plenty of free time with no access to the internet, I spent countless hours researching, traveling and writing about the province I love most: Xinjiang. A guide on the entire province would be far-too difficult I realized, so I shifted my focus to the three most-traveled cities in the region: Turpan, Urumqi, and Kashgar.
I’m finally ready to unveil the first ebook in this series of three entitled Turpan: Exploring Xinjiang’s Ancient Ruins, and for those of you who will be traveling to Xinjiang this summer I’m happy to announce that it’s going to be the most affordable guide you’ve ever downloaded at on $4.99!
This 38 page booklet includes:
- A detailed map of Turpan as well as diagrams of the ancient cities you can visit there – all hand-drawn by yours truly!
- In-depth historical background on the region that you won’t find in any major travel book
- Plenty of colorful pictures to help you decide which places you want to visit
- Tips on where to go, how to save money, and how to stay safe
- A language guide to teach you basic phrases in both Mandarin AND Uyghur
- Find a Turpan hotel that caters to foreign tourist
It’s the most comprehensive English-language guide to Turpan out there, written by somebody who has lived and traveled in the Xinjiang province for almost 6 years.
It’s Worth it…Don’t Take my Word for It
This guide has been downloaded hundreds of times over and has been updated every year for the past 3 years. I’ve asked those who have downloaded the guide for their thoughts, and here’s what they wrote:
“Josh was unstinting in his advice to me on where to go in Xinjiang. He said Tuyuq, a village off the beaten path, was the place to see. He was right. It was like I had stepped in a time machine and gone back a thousand years!” – Marc Mooney
“When we were planning our “Silk Road” tour (the trip of a lifetime), FarWestChina was invaluable in pointing us to useful people, places, and information.” – Peter Stern
“2 years ago, when I had to switch from Tibet to Xinjiang on a dime, Josh’s book on Turpan helped me have a wonderful in-depth adventure which I will never forget!” – Ida Leung
“When we went to Turpan last year, your ebook guide was indispensible. I had a great time there, besides getting caught in quicksand in Tuyoq” – Robert Warnerford-Thompson
“I used FarWestChina’s Turpan eBook and had one of the best (and easiest) trips of all my jaunts throughout Xinjiang!” – Ashley Thompson
“To put it simply, FarWestChina’s Turpan e-book made things easy there. Sure, I could have managed without, like I managed in plenty of other places in China, but there, I knew in advance, with the right amount of detail, which places I wanted to visit and which I did not (but others might want to).” – Laurent Lugand
- A Visit to Xinjiang’s Kanas Lake and Keketuohai - October 7, 2015
- Celebrating Qurban in Urumqi, Xinjiang - September 24, 2015
- Buzkashi Explained: Mysterious Rules & Traditions - September 19, 2015
- Exploring Tashkorgan and the Tajik - September 12, 2015
- Biking China’s Karakoram Highway Pt 1 - September 2, 2015
- Self-Publishing a Travel Guide: My Experience - June 3, 2015
- Evolution of Xinjiang Tourism: A Photo Essay - May 19, 2015
- Check it out! The New Xinjiang Travel Guide - April 24, 2015
- Visiting Xinjiang’s Jurassic Park (aka “Tianshan Safari Park”) - April 9, 2015
- One Man’s Journey to the Center of Asia - March 19, 2015