Stabbings and Shootings in Kashgar Kill 20

March 1 | 5 Comments

On February 28th, 2012, over 20 people died in yet another incident in Kashgar, Xinjiang. China claims it is the work of terrorist while Uyghur groups claim they are acting out against Chinese oppression.

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Camel Meat, Anybody? Xinjiang Pic of the Week

January 12 | 1 Comment

In Xinjiang, camels aren’t just for riding. Take a look at this crazy photo captured by a FarWestChina reader during her travels through Hotan, Xinjiang.

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More Uyghur Deaths in Hotan: Terrorist or Fleeing Muslims?

January 2 | 6 Comments

Less than 6 months following a Hotan riot that left 18 people dead in July of 2011, this small, Xinjiang city has made international news yet again with a string of suspicious deaths. In what is becoming a familiar trend in Xinjiang news, conflicting reports and changing stories have made it hard to pin down exactly what occured.

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Xinjiang Suffers from “Minority Complex”

September 29 | 12 Comments

Some people might call it an “inferiority complex”, but when you’re dealing with the sensitive ethnic issues that Xinjiang faces, it’s best to call it what it really is. Xinjiang suffer from a “minority complex”.

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Xinjiang’s Most Popular Song [Video]: Oynasun

September 26 | 22 Comments

If you’ve spent any amount of time in Xinjiang, chances are you’ve heard this song more times than you can count. It is, in my opinion, the most popular song in Xinjiang.

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The Tree That Bleeds Book Review

September 6 | 5 Comments

In February of 1997, a deadly protest known as the “Ghulja Incident” shook the core of a small city in China’s western province of Xinjiang. Depending on who you ask, this incident has been described as a peaceful demonstration, an act of terrorism, or a massacre. To this day, the truth behind these mysterious events remains largely unknown.

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Xinjiang Shoe Repair: Pic of the Week

August 18 | 2 Comments

In 2009 photographer Aphra Pia visited China to travel along the fabled Silk Road.

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Xinjiang Countryside Yurt: Pic of the Week

August 11 | No Comments

Somewhere between Urumqi and Kashgar these nomads have set up tent at the foot of the Tian Shan. THIS is why you take a train when you travel in Xinjiang, not an airplane. How are you supposed to see this through a small hole thirty thousand feet in the air?

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What Really Happened in the Hotan Riots?

July 25 | 15 Comments

On Monday, July 18th 2011, a deadly clash between Uyghur civilians and Chinese police has left at least 18 people dead. According to Chinese reports this includes 2 policemen, 2 hostages and 14 Uyghur. But what exactly happened here?

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Urumqi Riots: 2 Year Anniversary

July 5 | 18 Comments

It was two years ago today that the streets of Urumqi, capital of China’s Xinjiang province, were filled with protesters, police, riots and burning cars.

It was two years ago today that almost 200 people died and hundreds more were wounded.

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