Yili (Ili) Xinjiang | Top 5 Places to Visit

April 10 | 21 Comments

Whether you call it “Yili“, “Ili“, “Yining” or even the historical name “Ghulja“, one thing is for sure: it’s definitely worth traveling to this unique part of Xinjiang, China. In fact, if you’re planning to head out this way, I’d like to provide some suggestions on 5 places you should put on your itinerary while you’re […]

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Uyghur Knife from Yengisar | A Lost Cultural Symbol

December 18 | 14 Comments

For many people, the Yengisar knife is a timeless symbol of Uyghur culture in Xinjiang. While Uyghur knives are still sold, the original town that created them has become a ghost town. Here’s the story of the Uyghur knife from Yengisar, Xinjiang in China. For centuries, the craft of making the Uyghur knife has been an […]

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Xinjiang in Winter | What to See and Do

November 12 | 10 Comments

What is there to see around Xinjiang in winter? It used to be that Xinjiang tourism practically shut down between the months of November and March. Travelers were so few that most tourism sites shut down completely for the winter and weather often prohibited transportation to some locations. Things have changed, though, and there are now […]

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How to Travel from Urumqi to Kashgar

August 17 | No Comments

What is the best way to travel between Urumqi and Kashgar in China’s western Xinjiang region? Whether you’re looking for the fastest, most comfortable, or the cheapest route, I’d like to share with you four ways to travel Urumqi to Kashgar and back, rated by speed and comfort. Ever since 2006, I’ve been living and traveling […]

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A Visit to Xinjiang’s Kanas Lake and Keketuohai

August 7 | 29 Comments

Are you planning to visit Kanas Lake or Keketuohai Park in northern Xinjiang? If so, you’ll want to check out the photos, tips and advice from traveler Chris Milton, a Scot who has been living in China and teaching English for a number of years. Kanas lake is simply stunning. I found myself so many […]

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Traveling China’s Karakoram Highway | Traveler’s Guide

July 16 | 24 Comments

If you are traveling to Kashgar in China’s Xinjiang region, the Karakoram Highway is a must-see destination! Often regarded as the “Eight Wonder of the World”, this long stretch of highway links China with Pakistan, cuts through snowcapped mountains and features diverse cultures along the way. It’s a trip that you’ll never forget. For travelers […]

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Wucaitan: Xinjiang’s Five-Colored Hills | Traveler’s Guide

July 9 | 5 Comments

五彩滩. Spelled out in pinyin it’s “Wucaitan”, which has been translated as either “Rainbow Beach” or “Five-Colored Hills”. Although normally dwarfed by Kanas Lake, it’s popular neighbor further north, this scenic Xinjiang gem is worth a second glance…if not a visit.

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Buddhist Stupas in Xinjiang | “A Tale of Two Towers”

June 29 | No Comments

Thousands of years of history can be found scattered throughout China’s remote, western region of Xinjiang. Traveling along these old routes, you’ll run across ancient cities, painted caves, stone men and mysterious, crumbling…Buddhist stupas. This is the fascinating story detailing my discovery of two of these Buddhist stupas in Xinjiang. Have you ever seen the […]

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5 Gorgeous Xinjiang Destinations You’ve Never Heard Of

June 18 | 2 Comments

I’ve had the privilege to travel around Xinjiang, China for years now and what I love most about the province is that there’s always something new to see as long as I’m adventurous enough to find it. I threw away my Lonely Planet years ago…there’s so much more to see!

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Exploring the Wilds of Wusu, Xinjiang (Off Road!)

July 11 | 2 Comments

Anybody who’s actually heard of the remote town of Wusu (乌苏 in Chinese or Shiho in the original Uyghur) in China’s Xinjiang region usually only knows it for one thing: Wusu Beer. I don’t blame them, really.  How is any traveler supposed to know that Wusu is home to spectacularly diverse and stunning scenery? On the […]

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