Breathtaking Winter Photos from the Silk Road

Best Winter Silk Road Pictures of 2012

January 11, 2013 | 1 Comment

It’s a part of the Silk Road and Xinjiang that the average tourist won’t get to see: winter.

I get it! It’s hard to endure the frigid temperatures that are common between the months of November and March and often many of the tourist destinations are closed anyway. But that doesn’t mean that Xinjiang stops being beautiful.

Check out these greatest pictures of Xinjiang and the Silk Road throughout the winter of 2012-2013. Enjoy!

Taklamakan Desert View from Space

A view of the Taklamakan Desert from space.

Hemu Village in norther Xinjiang during the winter

Hemu village in Xinjiang’s Altay region during winter

Urumqi in Winter 2012

Tian Shan background of Urumqi, capital of Xinjiang

Kazakh horse racing in Xinjiang's Altay region

Horse racing in Xinjiang’s Altay region

Turpan's Tuyok Village in winter

Turpan’s Tuyok village in winter

Urumqi's Heavenly lake in Xinjiang, frozen

A frozen Heavenly Lake in Xinjiang (credit Ilyani)

Urumqi's Southern Grasslands (Nalati) in winter

Photo credit People’s Daily

Massive snow Buddha in Xinjiang's Barkol county

A massive snow Buddha. For real.

About Josh Summers

Josh is a writer, musician and entrepreneur who currently resides in Urumqi, capital of China's western province of Xinjiang. He has been traveling and writing about this region since 2006 and has no plans to stop in the near future.

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