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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Travel Kuqa | What’s Worth Visiting?

October 13 | 21 Comments

The ancient city of Kuqa (a.k.a. “Kuche” or 库车) is one of those historically significant and yet often-overlooked places to visit in China’s far western region of Xinjiang. [sam id=”1″ codes=”true”]When it comes to traveling in Xinjiang, places like Kashgar, Turpan and Yili often hog the spotlight. However, there are many other smaller cities and villages worth visiting […]

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Cycling in Xinjiang | What You Need to Know

July 26 | 7 Comments

Over the past decade, I have traversed the vast tract of land known as “Xinjiang” using every imaginable mode of transportation: trains, planes, cars, motorcycles, camels, etc. It’s only been in the past two years that I’ve adopted cycling in Xinjiang as a fun alternative. And now that I have…I’m hooked. [sam id=”1″ codes=”true”]Based on my […]

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Exploring Tashkorgan and the Tajik of Xinjiang, China

September 12 | 17 Comments

After an extremely bumpy 8-hour trip from Kashgar along the Karakoram Highway, our team arrived in the beautiful Tajik town of Tashkorgan. The city goes by a number of different spellings, including “Tashkurgan” and “Taxkurgan,” but regardless of how you decide to write it, one things remains the same: Tashkorgan is one of the most […]

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