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é²?木é½?). 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 (ç»´å?¾å°”æ—?) minority group. What does this mean? Essentially, it’s where …

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Western China: Lanzhou & Xining

The Chinese celebrate many holidays over here in the east, and one of the biggest is National Holiday during the first week of every October, where Chinese patriotism abounds. You may have heard that the Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival 春节, each January (or February, depending on the lunar …

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