Camel Meat, Anybody? Xinjiang Pic of the Week | Xinjiang: Far West China

Camel Meat, Anybody? Xinjiang Pic of the Week

January 12 | 1 Comment

In Xinjiang, camels aren’t just for riding!

A pair of severed camel heads in Xinjiang, China

Thanks to Alex Blackwelder, a Xinjiang enthusiast and faithful FarWestChina reader, for submitting this photo! Below is an excerpt from her website about the photo:

I was in Hotan, West China exploring one of the city’s awesome weekly markets. Hotan citizens are mainly Uyghur, a Muslim ethnicity that you would never think lives in China. When I passed the butcher, I saw these two camel heads. Such an odd thing to see on the ground. I set up my composition & right before I took the photo, that man turned around & looked at me. Perfect. He completes the photo, in my opinion. I don’t remember him looking as mean in person as he does in this photo.

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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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  1. I’ve eaten “camel paw” (foot) with lemon in Urumqi, and had a camel meat type of chili con carne dish in Kashgar, and Camel milk is available in plenty of places in the North-West of Xinjiang – especially amongst the Kazaks. It tastes how you’d think – slightly bitter but with what I can only describe as a thorny creaminess. Apparently its very good for you and is now being produced commercially in Mongolia, to the north. Great photo!