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China is known for its bold initiatives to solve urgent problems. Whether it’s building a huge dam, diverting the Yangtze River, or erecting an incredibly long Wall to keep out invaders, it’s hard to determine whether it’s a sign of Chinese ingenuity or an elaborate attempt to impress the world. Their most recent project is no different.Read More ▸
A favorite destination among tourists and a symbol for infuriated activists, the Old City that has survived multiple centuries is now being demolished. In May of 2009 an article was published on FarWestChina debating the pros and cons of the destruction of Kashgar’s Old City, and an update on the situation is long overdue.Read More ▸
You won’t find any dedicated Uyghur phrasebooks at your local bookstore and nobody produces a “UyghurPod” podcast for students. Basically if you want to learn Uyghur outside of Xinjiang you will need to attend one of the few universities that offer Uyghur classes…or you’ll have to teach yourself.Read More ▸
Xinjiang’s Gobi March, part of a series of four desert races, has been named by Time Magazine as one of the Top 10 Endurance Competitions in the world. The following is a photo essay of the June 2010 race including quotes from those who both participated and volunteered.Read More ▸
For those who are sweating out the summer even with the air conditioning on full-blast, imagine yourself running 250 kilometers across one of the hottest deserts in the world right now…voluntarily.Read More ▸
It wasn’t until I moved to Xinjiang, China that I realized how little I understood about Islam. My time in the province revealed some of the terrible misconceptions I have about the religion…Read More ▸
This series of “Top 5″ destinations in Xinjiang highlights the best of the best that this region has to offer! This month Graham Woodring offers his favorite spots from his visit here late last year…Read More ▸
While oil continues to spew into the Gulf, on the other side of the world a different crack is leaking crude. Strangely, the black oil running jagged down the sides of this mountain have the look of dried blood. It’s only fitting…Read More ▸
Billiards near Kashgar’s Old City by Mipo If I didn’t know any better, I would be tempted to say that billiards is as much a part of Uyghur culture as eating lamb kebabs. Many of the pool halls are indoors, but as the weather begins to warm up there are also a few that take [...]Read More ▸
If you’re going to be flying in to Urumqi this summer, chances are you’ll be arriving in the newly-built Terminal 3. With a price tag of 1.3 billion yuan, this international hub for China Southern Airlines should go into full operation this Saturday, March 27th, 2010…Read More ▸