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How much does it cost to live in Xinjiang, China in 2013? As you’ll see in this infographic, it’s not nearly as much as Shanghai.Read More ▸
Setting off to hike the length of the Tian Shan with a cheap Chinese tent and an inadequate sleeping bag had seemed like a good idea at the time.Read More ▸
You may not have realized it, but this month marks the beginning of Ramadan in China and for the many Muslims across the world.Read More ▸
It’s finally here! I’ve mentioned the long-awaited reddesign to those who receive the FarWestChina newsletter, but I’ve been mostly silent here on the site and on social channels. For everybody that provided input on the changes, I appreciate your input! The design was done by Anna Bryant, a friend who did an incredible job in […]Read More ▸
For most travelers, flying into Urumqi Diwopu International Airport marks their first step into the Xinjiang province. Here I answer the top 4 questions about flying to/from Urumqi, Xinjiang.Read More ▸
Last week a good friend and fellow Xinjiang-enthusiast loaned me a copy of Life magazine dated December 13, 1943. I get excited about these type of things (it’s weird, I know) and even after a quick glance I knew I wasn’t going to be disappointed.Read More ▸
Invited to a Uyghur wedding? Sleeping in a Kazak Yurt? Traveling during a religious festival? Take this quick lesson on Central Asian etiquette and you’ll be ready for any situation you face in Xinjiang.Read More ▸
Xinjiang’s far west city of Kashgar is full of secrets. The Apak Khoja Mazar (Mausoleum) is no different. Are the stories a myth?Read More ▸
One of the most visually rewarding destinations in Xinjiang’s capital of Urumqi is the International Grand Bazaar (国际大巴扎). But is it a must-see site or just a tourist trap?Read More ▸