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Photographic Footprints of Gobi March 2010

July 30, 2010 | 3 Comments

Xinjiang’s Gobi March, part of a series of four desert races, has been named by Time Magazine as one of the Top 10 Endurance Competitions in the world. The following is a photo essay of the June 2010 race including quotes from those who both participated and volunteered.

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A Foot Race Across Xinjiang’s Desert

July 19, 2010 | 6 Comments

For those who are sweating out the summer even with the air conditioning on full-blast, imagine yourself running 250 kilometers across one of the hottest deserts in the world right now…voluntarily.

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How China Taught Me to Understand Islam

July 7, 2010 | 101 Comments

It wasn’t until I moved to Xinjiang, China that I realized how little I understood about Islam. My time in the province revealed some of the terrible misconceptions I have about the religion…

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Graham’s Top 5 Xinjiang Travel Destinations

June 16, 2010 | 12 Comments

This series of “Top 5” destinations in Xinjiang highlights the best of the best that this region has to offer! This month Graham Woodring offers his favorite spots from his visit here late last year…

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Billiards in Kashgar: Picture of the Week

April 8, 2010 | 8 Comments

Billiards near Kashgar’s Old City by Mipo If I didn’t know any better, I would be tempted to say that billiards is as much a part of Uyghur culture as eating lamb kebabs.  Many of the pool halls are indoors, but as the weather begins to warm up there are also a few that take […]

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New Urumqi Airport Terminal 3 Set to Open

March 25, 2010 | 2 Comments

If you’re going to be flying in to Urumqi this summer, chances are you’ll be arriving in the newly-built Terminal 3. With a price tag of 1.3 billion yuan, this international hub for China Southern Airlines should go into full operation this Saturday, March 27th, 2010…

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A Survey of Xinjiang Websites on the Internet

March 18, 2010 | 7 Comments

As much as I would like for you to think that this website is the only place you can find information about Xinjiang, it’s not. As a matter of fact, over the years there have been multiple websites created about the region by foreigners…

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Kashgar’s Id Kah Mosque (circa 1936): History in Pictures

March 4, 2010 | 20 Comments

The Id Kah mosque is one of the oldest and largest in all of China, dating all the way back to 1442. It was severely damaged during China’s Cultural Revolution but purportedly restored multiple times by the local government and declared a protected monument. The pictures below were taken almost two decades before the CCP came to power and created the Xinjiang Autonomous Region.

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Uyghurs Love China…Dishware, That Is

February 28, 2010 | 4 Comments

This store would be a mother’s worst nightmare. All four walls are stacked from floor to ceiling with glass teapots, bowls and dishes leaving just a tiny square in the middle from which to browse the collection. It feels as if the whole display is only one sneeze away from total chaos. The local Muslim […]

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4 New Ways to See a Camel

February 14, 2010 | 7 Comments

I’d like to have some fun introducing Xinjiang’s famous two-humped animal. Camels are practically useless in our concrete culture but here, despite modernization, the camel still plays an important, albeit usually symbolic, role.

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