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A Tour in Xinjiang? Buckle up, get Zen & Enjoy the Ride!

November 15, 2011 | 10 Comments

If you have unlimited time – if you already know Xinjiang – if you really love adventure travel – then you can probably skip exploring the region with a tour.

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What Does Uyghur Culture Look Like?

October 18, 2011 | 5 Comments

One of the most frustrating realities for any Xinjiang enthusiast or activist is the relative obscurity of the province and its Uyghur people. Unlike their Tibetan neighbors to the south, international understanding of Uyghur culture is tainted by the only kind of news that makes it out of the province: bad news. Unless one walks […]

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Xinjiang Suffers from “Minority Complex”

September 29, 2011 | 12 Comments

Some people might call it an “inferiority complex”, but when you’re dealing with the sensitive ethnic issues that Xinjiang faces, it’s best to call it what it really is. Xinjiang suffer from a “minority complex”.

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Xinjiang’s Most Popular Song [Video]: Oynasun

September 26, 2011 | 20 Comments

If you’ve spent any amount of time in Xinjiang, chances are you’ve heard this song more times than you can count. It is, in my opinion, the most popular song in Xinjiang.

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The Tree That Bleeds: A Book Review

September 6, 2011 | 5 Comments

In February of 1997, a deadly protest known as the “Ghulja Incident” shook the core of a small city in China’s western province of Xinjiang. Depending on who you ask, this incident has been described as a peaceful demonstration, an act of terrorism, or a massacre. To this day, the truth behind these mysterious events remains largely unknown.

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