Backpacking Xinjiang: Kashgar (喀什)

Xinjiang Children

One of the highlights of my summer was visiting a little gem of a town known as Kashgar. My friend Chase and I took the long overnight train from Urumqi all the way across China’s largest province, where we saw some pretty impressive views of the Taklamakan desert, the world’s…

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Backpacking Xinjiang: Urumqi and Heavenly Lake

Heavenly Lake

Second stop on my Xinjiang adventure: Urumqi (乌?木?). Actually Urumqi is quite similar to many Chinese cities in some ways, and I didn’t find anything too special about it……except the fact that half of its population are of the Uygur (维?尔?) minority group. What does this mean? Essentially, it’s where…

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Backpacking Xinjiang: The Tian Shan Mountains

Tian Shan

I recently returned from a 3 week jaunt out in China’s westernmost province: Xinjiang. This place has been sort of a holy grail of sorts for me, a place I’ve always heard so much about but never had a chance to go due to it’s distance from the east coast…

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