Xinjiang China
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  • 1. Photography by Ken Chan Total of 30 photos - taken between 2000-2006 新 疆 Automatic advance
  • 2. Located in land-locked Central Asia, Xinjiang shares border with 7 countries including Mongolia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan, and Pakistan Xinjiang is a primarily Islamic region in northwest China As part of the ancient silkroad, Xinjiang is known for its multi-ethnic Euro-Asian cultures
  • 3. Xinjiang is multi-lingual: Turkic (Arabic based) languages and Chinese
  • 4. It does not take long to realize you are in Islamic territory
  • 5. where men still feel uncomfortable sitting among women
  • 6. Part of tradition in Central Asia : people here love carpet …. music …
  • 7. This instrument resembles Chinese Erhu Not surprising because Erhu was originally introduced by nomadic horsemen from Central Asia
  • 8. Locals have been using donkey carts like this for centuries Life in the countryside remains very basic
  • 9. Sheep are raised everywhere They often take over the road
  • 10. So are camels except they don’t seem to like walking on paved roads These 2 humped camels are unique in Central Asia Those in Middle East are single humped
  • 11. Baked bread here is called Nang … .. bagels !
  • 12. Many restaurants here are operated by Chinese Muslims called Hui
  • 13. Uyghur is the biggest ethnic group In Xinjiang
  • 14. Kazakhs live in the north Many of them still lead a nomadic life
  • 15. A Kazakh hunter and his golden eagle
  • 16. A Kyrgyzst family in the Pamir
  • 17. Tajiks have strong Persian heritage
  • 18. Regardless of ethnicity or religion everyone here loves this land, and for good reasons
  • 19. With desert oases nourished by snowmelts from Tianshan Mountains
  • 20. Most of the rivers seem to disappear in the vast desert only to resurface at a distant oasis
  • 21. Try driving through the bone dry Taklimakan Desert
  • 22. Visit Ghost Town where the movie Crouching Tiger was filmed
  • 23. Check out where some ancient civilizations used to thrive visit this ruin of the Gaochang Kingdom (600 A.D.) near Turpan
  • 24. To the west of the desert lies the Pamir mountain range
  • 25. Yaks grazing by Karakul Lake in the Pamir
  • 26. Inexpensive lake front property with beautiful views
  • 27. Heavenly Lake in Tianshan Mountain
  • 28. Lake Hanas nested in these Altai Mountains bordering Russia
  • 29. Glacier water in Lake Hanas has a milky appearance
  • 30. Homeward bound for him …. and for me
  • 31. I will be back …. beautiful Xinjiang