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Karamay, Xinjiang | China’s Richest City

October 15 | 22 Comments

You would imagine that Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong or one of many other cities might top China’s list of richest cities. But you’d be wrong. China’s richest city is in a place you would least expect…in Xinjiang. In a Desert.

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20 Best Xinjiang Books Reviewed & Ranked

September 25 | 5 Comments

What are the best Xinjiang books to read? Whether you’re looking to travel to Xinjiang or you just want to understand the situation in Xinjiang better, I’d like to point you toward the best resources currently available to read. Over the years, I’ve read and even reviewed a number of books about Xinjiang on this […]

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Buzkashi Explained: Mysterious Rules & Traditions

September 17 | 26 Comments

What is “Buzkashi” and how is it played? I’ve had the privilege of witnessing a number of games of Buzkashi and in addition to sharing some of my favorite photos from these experiences, I’d also like to explain the rules of Buzkashi as best I understand them. Buzkashi (pronounced “booz-ka-shee”) is a popular Central Asian game […]

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Ultimate Guide to Learning Uyghur

September 3 | 20 Comments

Are you interested in learning the Uyghur language? While the resources are sparse, they do exist. In this ultimate guide to learning Uyghur, I’d like to share with you what’s available and the best ways to learn Uyghur both inside and outside China. Back in 2008, I made a somewhat whimsical decision to spend a […]

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Learn to Speak Uyghur – in Xinjiang

September 1 | 35 Comments

If you have the chance to study Uyghur while living in Xinjiang…consider yourself lucky! There is no better way to pick up a language than through immersion, so take advantage of your time in the province. But…what are the best places to study Uyghur in Xinjiang?

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The 2015 Xinjiang travel guide is here!