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Turpan’s Jiaohe Ancient City 交河故城 | Traveler’s Guide

April 3 | 3 Comments

The ancient city of Jiaohe, which lies about ten kilometers west of the small town of Turpan, is one of the most visually spectacular ruins of the old Silk Road. More than 1,500 years of history sits atop this 30-meter high plateau and because of this it has become one of Xinjiang’s most interesting archeological sites – certainly […]

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Urumqi Airport Traveler’s Guide 2019 (Xinjiang)

April 1 | 43 Comments

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.

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Urumqi Train Travel 2019 Guide 乌鲁木齐站

March 25 | 14 Comments

A guide to taking a train in Urumqi and what to expect when you’re traveling in Xinjiang

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Top 10 Uyghur Foods to Eat in Xinjiang

March 20 | 15 Comments

Anybody who plans to travel to Xinjiang knows that Uyghur food and other local cuisine is going to be a memorable part of their journey. The local Uyghur food is well-known throughout China and praised among travelers. It’s not just Uyghur food, though. Whether you want to eat Hui food, Kazakh food or Chinese food […]

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Do I Need a Special Visa or Permit for Xinjiang?

February 11 | 11 Comments

Is there a special visa or permit required to travel to Xinjiang in 2019? This is a question that I get quite a few times throughout the travel season and it seems that there might be conflicting information online. I’d like to help set the record straight so you can understand exactly what you need […]

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