Kashgar Traveler’s Guide | What to See and Do

October 30 | 18 Comments

There are plenty of places to see in Kashgar, but not all of them are worth the time and effort. The oasis town of Kashgar continues to be a popular stop for tourist along the ancient Silk Road in Xinjiang, China. It is home to a rich Uyghur culture, buzzing Central Asian markets and plenty […]

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Best Uyghur Food Recipes from Xinjiang, China

October 16 | 30 Comments

Oftentimes when people return from traveling Xinjiang and the Silk Road, the very first thing they want to get their hands on is a Xinjiang cookbook with authentic Uyghur recipes and Hui recipes. Unfortunately such a cookbook doesn’t exist…
…but hopefully this will help.

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How to Make Uyghur Bread from Xinjiang

October 9 | 17 Comments

For those who have traveled through Xinjiang, I don’t have to tell you just how delicious Uyghur bread is. It’s called “naan” or 囊 (náng) in Chinese and when you get it fresh from the oven, it just melts in your mouth! If you’ve ever been curious about how to make Uyghur bread from Xinjiang, […]

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Top 5 Places to See in Turpan, Xinjiang

September 4 | 13 Comments

Turpan (aka “Turfan” or 吐鲁番) is my favorite city to travel in Xinjiang in part because there are some great places to see in Turpan. In my opinion, traveling to Turpan is the perfect combination of Silk Road history, Uyghur culture, great food, scenic beauty and convenience. While most travelers tend to flock to the busy […]

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How I Use Gmail in China (despite it being blocked)

August 20 | 4 Comments

How do I use Gmail in China in 2019? If you’re like me, you use Gmail / Google Apps suite for business or for personal email. I love everything about using Gmail except for one thing: all Google apps are blocked in China. This means that in order for you to use Gmail in China in […]

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