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10 Crazy, Little-Known Facts about Xinjiang

August 14, 2017 | No Comments

For most people around the world – including Chinese people in China – Xinjiang is a mysterious and generally misunderstood region. What makes Xinjiang so special? And how can one place cause fear for some people and inspiration from another? As a foreigner who has lived in the Xinjiang region since 2006, I’ve learned that […]

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“Big Plate Chicken” DaPanJi (大盘鸡): Xinjiang’s Best Food

August 6, 2017 | 4 Comments

What is Dapanji? If you ask that question to anyone outside of China they might look at you weird and wonder if you’re speaking English (which you’re not). If you ask most Chinese people they might tell you that it is one of Xinjiang’s most famous dishes. If you ask us, we’ll tell you…

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Kashgar Old City | A Timeline of Changes

July 18, 2017 | No Comments

For over a century, the ancient city of Kashgar has been best known by travelers for its Silk Road charm, mud-brick houses and friendly Uyghur neighborhoods. It is a restful oasis whether you come from the dry deserts of the east or the dangerous mountains of the west. Kashgar Old City history has been resilient […]

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Exploring the Wilds of Wusu, Xinjiang (Off Road!)

July 11, 2017 | 2 Comments

Anybody who’s actually heard of the remote town of Wusu (乌苏 in Chinese or Shiho in the original Uyghur) in China’s Xinjiang region usually only knows it for one thing: Wusu Beer. I don’t blame them, really.  How is any traveler supposed to know that Wusu is home to spectacularly diverse and stunning scenery? On the […]

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Living in Xinjiang | One Foreigner’s Perspective

February 16, 2017 | 12 Comments

For most people who want to study in China, moving and living in Xinjiang is not one of the first things that comes to mind. Why is that? For one, it’s a place that is associated with a number of stereotypes, including stereotypes people have about China as well as prejudice directed toward Xinjiang, which can even […]

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