Mayhem at the Xinjiang CBA Playoff Basketball Game

March 11 | 10 Comments

Basketball is an extremely popular sport here in China, arguably the most popular behind ping-pong. Ask any male youth and they can probably name their favorite NBA team and a few of their favorite players: 科比 (Kobe Bryant), 詹姆斯 (Lebron James) or 乔丹 (Michael Jordan) among many others.

So why is it that it that nobody seems to care about the professional China Basketball Association (CBA)?

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A Crazy Idea That Would Literally Reshape Xinjiang, China

February 24 | 4 Comments

I read news last week about a recent proposal to push the US state of California to divide into 6 different states. It intrigued me for a few different reasons, not the least of which has to do with my current home here in Xinjiang, China.

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Invisible China | A Review of Ethnic Proportions

February 14 | No Comments

From the very beginning, Invisible China felt to me like an interesting cross between a travelogue, a social commentary and a piece of journalism. As odd as that may sound, it blended quite well into an entertaining, informative narrative.

Readers follow Legerton and Rawson as they travel from…

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Cost of Living: Xinjiang 2013 – Infographic

November 20 | 10 Comments

How much does it cost to live in Xinjiang, China in 2013? As you’ll see in this infographic, it’s not nearly as much as Shanghai.

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A Professional Photographer’s View of Xinjiang, China

October 31 | No Comments

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Xinjiang, in my humble opinion, is a photographer’s paradise. Travelers with even the simplest camera phone can take great photos, but professional photographers can produce stunning results. After years of traveling around Xinjiang, China with a puny little pocket camera, I have finally crossed over to […]

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Sneak Peek at Urumqi’s New High-Speed Rail Station

May 28 | 6 Comments

Urumqi to Beijing in 12 hours. Average speed of 350 km/hr (220 mph). An investment of 143 billion yuan. It’s the world’s longest high-speed rail line and it is expected to open as early as 2015.

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Doors of Xinjiang: Photo Journal

April 25 | 2 Comments

When your home is made of mud-brick, sometimes it’s hard to decorate. Perhaps that’s why something as simple as a door becomes an ornate masterpiece for many Uyghur homes in Xinjiang?

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A View of “Sinkiang” in 1943 from Life Magazine

April 18 | 9 Comments

Last week a good friend and fellow Xinjiang-enthusiast loaned me a copy of Life magazine dated December 13, 1943. I get excited about these type of things (it’s weird, I know) and even after a quick glance I knew I wasn’t going to be disappointed.

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Uyghur Culture in Kashgar: A Photo Essay

November 27 | 3 Comments

“These photos were taken across Xinjiang, and are an effort to increase awareness of, and interest in, the Uyghur people and the threat they face.” – Photographer Brett Elmer

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A Hiker’s Guide to Xinjiang, China

April 25 | 21 Comments

For those who love hiking, camping and everything having to do with the “great outdoors”, there is no better place than Xinjiang, China.

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