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Uyghur Boys and Their Birds: Pic of the Week

March 4, 2011 | 2 Comments

To buy or not to buy…that is the question these two Uyghur boys ponder as they listen to a sales pitch at a Uyghur market in Xinjiang.

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How to: Uyghur Homestay in Xinjiang

February 28, 2011 | 11 Comments

One of the most asked questions I receive from travelers who will be heading to Xinjiang this next travel season has to do with homestays. Is it possible to do a Uyghur homestay in Xinjiang?

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Testing the Horse: Pic of the Week

February 17, 2011 | No Comments

A beautiful B&W photo by British photographer Jonathan Browning featuring a horse being tested at the Sunday livestock market in Kashgar.

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Penn Museum Xinjiang Exhibit Resumes

February 14, 2011 | 6 Comments

For the past month, sealed cases full of Xinjiang artifacts and two incredibly preserved mummies have been sitting in the back rooms of the Penn Museum unopened. Guarded by curiously unsigned documents and layers of bureaucratic red tape, it looked as if the museum exhibit “Secrets of the Silk Road” was doomed. Thankfully, this isn’t so…

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It’s COLD in Bortala: Pic of the Week

February 10, 2011 | 1 Comment

It’s haunting and beautiful. It’s Xinjiang winter. It’s China’s army.

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