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What Really Happened in the Hotan Riots?

July 25, 2011 | 15 Comments

On Monday, July 18th 2011, a deadly clash between Uyghur civilians and Chinese police has left at least 18 people dead. According to Chinese reports this includes 2 policemen, 2 hostages and 14 Uyghur. But what exactly happened here?

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The Many Ways to Travel to Khotan (Hotan)

July 21, 2011 | 5 Comments

So you’ve heard of Khotan – also spelled Hotan – and you’re interested to travel there. As early as a decade ago such a journey would have taken days, but recently that time has been cut dramatically. Traveling to Hotan has now become easier than ever thanks to the completion of a new railroad line […]

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FarWestChina: My 7 Links Article

July 18, 2011 | 1 Comment

What is FarWestChina’s most controversial post? Most beautiful post? How about the one post that I believe is least appreciated? Check them all out here as part of the My 7 Links promotion. It’s good!

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Uyghur Hunk causes Internet Sensation

July 8, 2011 | No Comments

What happens if a lowly Uyghur bread maker looks like he should be modeling for an Asian clothing designer or starring in a movie? As 22-year old Xinjiang native Litahong is finding out, you instantly become a star on Weibo, China’s Twitter-clone.

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Urumqi Riots: 2 Year Anniversary

July 5, 2011 | 18 Comments

It was two years ago today that the streets of Urumqi, capital of China’s Xinjiang province, were filled with protesters, police, riots and burning cars.

It was two years ago today that almost 200 people died and hundreds more were wounded.

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