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Live and Travel to Xinjiang Archives - Xinjiang: Far West China

5 Thrilling Ways to Experience Xinjiang, China

June 30, 2014 | 2 Comments

Most people who travel to Xinjiang, China – and even those like me who live here – all tend to experience this beautiful region in the same way: either from the window of a taxi/bus or on our own two feet. It’s safe, it’s cheap and it can still be exciting, especially in such a remote region as Xinjiang.

I’m sure that’s the way most people prefer too, but every once in a while I get an email from somebody who asks me “Is it possible to _________ in Xinjiang?”. You can fill in that blank with pretty much anything, really.

Below I’ve compiled a short list of the 5 most thrilling ways I’ve seen other people experience Xinjiang.

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Renting a Car in China: Joys of Independent Travel

April 1, 2014 | 15 Comments

No tourist buses. No blazing hot sun beating down on me. No need to pay an entrance fee.

Just the pure joy of independent travel in my favorite province in China.

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How to Teach English in Xinjiang, China

February 17, 2014 | 10 Comments

In this article I want to describe to you the process of finding a good job here with the help of Jan Abbey, an anthropologist and current teacher here in the province. At the end, you will have the chance to sign up for an exclusive newsletter that will send out alerts to job openings throughout the year.

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Day Hike Around Urumqi | Yamalike Park 雅玛里克山

January 24, 2014 | 4 Comments

The pollution in and around Urumqi Xinjiang is getting about as bad as any other major city in China. The thought of any sort of exercise – whether that’s running, basketball or any other sport – just doesn’t feel like a good idea. So when the opportunity to join some Uyghur locals to hike the Tian Shan mountains that surround Xinjiang’s capital, I was thrilled.

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Buzkashi: Experiencing the World’s Deadliest Sport

January 8, 2014 | 4 Comments

It seems more appropriate to say that Kazakh sport of Buzkashi is what English polo might look like if it was played in prison.

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10 Most Breathtaking Xinjiang Landscapes

June 26, 2013 | 6 Comments

When it comes to the beautiful Xinjiang landscape, even a simple camera can produce the most beautiful photographs.

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Wucaitan: Xinjiang’s Five-Colored Hills

August 7, 2012 | 1 Comment

五彩滩. Spelled out in pinyin it’s “Wucaitan”, which has been translated as either “Rainbow Beach” or “Five-Colored Hills”. Although normally dwarfed by Kanas Lake, it’s popular neighbor further north, this scenic Xinjiang gem is worth a second glance…if not a visit.

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Extreme Biking in Xinjiang’s Gobi Desert

July 17, 2012 | 5 Comments

When the original caravans blazed new trails through the Silk Road in Xinjiang, I doubt many experienced the adrenaline rush that a few new trailblazers are finding.

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A Hiker’s Guide to Xinjiang, China

April 25, 2012 | 19 Comments

For those who love hiking, camping and everything having to do with the “great outdoors”, there is no better place than Xinjiang, China.

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A Glimpse of China’s Richest City

April 4, 2012 | 11 Comments

You would imagine that Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong or one of many other cities might top China’s list of richest cities. But you’d be wrong. China’s richest city is in a place you would least expect…in Xinjiang. In a Desert.

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