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The Id Kah mosque is one of the oldest and largest in all of China, dating all the way back to 1442. It was severely damaged during China’s Cultural Revolution but purportedly restored multiple times by the local government and declared a protected monument. The pictures below were taken almost two decades before the CCP came to power and created the Xinjiang Autonomous Region.
This store would be a mother’s worst nightmare.
All four walls are stacked from floor to ceiling with glass teapots, bowls and dishes leaving just a tiny square in the middle from which to browse the collection. It feels as if the whole display is only one sneeze away from total chaos. The local Muslim woman who manages the store is part of the Uyghur minority here in Xinjiang and she moves around the confined space effortlessly, apparently unaware of any potential disaster.
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Every Friday (or sometimes Sunday) in cities all over Xinjiang, small blocks in the middle of the city are transformed into a maze of stalls, carts, and mobile kitchens. For the entire afternoon the buzz of marketplace activity breathes life into what during the rest of the week is usually an empty lot. You can visit a Muslim Market as far away as Shanghai and the most famous can be found in cities such as Kashgar or Hotan (Khotan), but in fact any Xinjiang city that boasts a …
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Maybe you already knew that Xinjiang is the largest province in China or that Urumqi is known in the Guinness Book of World Records as the farthest city from any major sea. Or perhaps you have no clue where to find Xinjiang or Urumqi on a map. The fact that you’re reading this indicates that you must have some curiosity about Xinjiang.
So just for fun I’ve compiled a list of 5 things that I think the average person – even one who lives in Xinjiang – probably doesn’t know about …
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Within the narrow alleyways of this Old Town lie thousands of years of Kashgar’s history. Aged wooden doors and cobblestone paths have witnessed the passage of innumerable donkey carts, small Uyghur children and, in recent times, many foreign tourists. On the outside, these mud-brick walls seem at peace with their place in history but just beyond the padlocked door a crippling truth emerges.
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Mention the name “Xinjiang” and most people who know their Chinese geography picture vast deserts crossed by dirty looking camels and a beating sun. It’s a nostalgic picture that was made popular by the famous Silk Road but it’s a stereotype Xinjiang can’t seem to shake. The truth is that these immense deserts are locked in by incredible mountain ranges and watered by a multitude of lakes and rivers. Some of these lakes provide the most breathtaking scenery that Xinjiang has to offer.