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Xinjiang “Cat Army” Declares War on Rats

August 22, 2011 | 12 Comments

The city of Bole, a small town in western Xinjiang only 20 miles from the Kazakhstan border, has found a new use for all their stray cats. Watch out if you’re a rat!

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Xinjiang Shoe Repair: Pic of the Week

August 18, 2011 | 2 Comments

In 2009 photographer Aphra Pia visited China to travel along the fabled Silk Road.

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Your Ketchup Probably Came from Xinjiang

August 16, 2011 | 5 Comments

Next time you squeeze that little packet of ketchup onto your greasy french fry for lunch, think of Xinjiang. There’s a high probability that the tomato used to produce that ketchup came from China’s largest, western province.

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Xinjiang Countryside Yurt: Pic of the Week

August 11, 2011 | No Comments

Somewhere between Urumqi and Kashgar these nomads have set up tent at the foot of the Tian Shan. THIS is why you take a train when you travel in Xinjiang, not an airplane. How are you supposed to see this through a small hole thirty thousand feet in the air?

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Xinjiang Uyghur Recipes – An Online Cookbook Pt. 1

August 8, 2011 | 19 Comments

Oftentimes when people return from traveling Xinjiang and the Silk Road, the very first thing they want to get their hands on is a Xinjiang cookbook with authentic Uyghur recipes and Hui recipes. Unfortunately such a cookbook doesn’t exist…
…but hopefully this will help.

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