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  • City Names

    Cities and places in Xinjiang have always at least two names: one in Uygur Language and one Chinese. For example:Turpan - Tu Lu FanOr names come from other minority people who live in this area:"Urumqi" means "A Beautiful Pasture Land" in ancient Mongolian used by the Junggar tribe, which used to live in this area. In Chinese Language it is called...

  • Appreciation of life

    Throughout my travels, I have been to some very remote places on this planet. The visit to Tianshan Mountains of Xinjiang is one of this instances. When seeing the Kazak people living a simple and basic life in this very harsh and isolated region, it makes me appreciate life more, and make me more aware that while we are in the 21st century with...

  • Minorities

    Xinjiang is a province, where many minority people live. The long history of migrants, merchants and nomads left their descendants in this remote area.You find mainly the following people living in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Province:(Statistic from 2000)Uygur: 45 %Han Chinese: 40%Kazakh: 7%Hui:...

  • Taklamakan Desert

    When you go from Kashgar to Urumqi or Turfan most of the trip will be along the Taklamakan Desert. To the left mountains with not a single tree and to the right a flat and dry landscape. Dry bushes and stones for miles and miles and miles.

  • Uygur

    Kashgar old townIn the area of Id Kah Mosque, the old Uygur town still survives. It consists of a tangle of narrow passages lined with adobe houses, closed behind high walls and carved doors. All around Uygur shops where blacksmits, cobblers, carpenter are working.I wonder how long the old town will survive under the pressure of the … white...

  • The "flaming" mountains

    Not far from Turpan you can find this range of mountains called "flaming". Why? Mainly because of the shape and the colour of their slopes, that remind flames when seen from the distance. But also from the incredibly hot temperatures you can suffer if coming here in summer, as is a terribly desertic place and some areas are below the sea level.

  • Desertic landscapes

    Most of the time we spent on the road in Xinjiang all we could see from the bus was desertic landscapes, in different shapes and tonalities of brown and grey, but not a single tree out of the Tien Shan mountains...

  • The Sayram Hu lake

    On the way from Khorgos to Urumqi across the Tien Shan mountains we passed by a mountain lake called Sayram Hu. It was a rather monotonous landscape but I found this to be a beautiful lake settled in a special scenery. It seemed to me that this could be one of the most inhospitous and deserted places on earth, this huge lake whose water must be...

  • Khorgos (China border)

    We entered China from the west, via Khorgos border. I remember the place as an empty nowhere land, a very desolated deserted place. All that region has long time been disputed by both China and the USSR, so there were many security measures, but more for the trucks than for the few (if any) tourits passing by.We had some deade hours while crossing,...

  • The Tien Shan Mountains

    This range of mountains are a natural border between China and the former USSR. In the old Silk Road it marked the end of the endless plains of China and the beginning of the mountains towards the Caspian Sea.Commonly known as the Heavenly Mountains you can find there a few big lakes, ans many pine woods. On the way through we found many nomads'...

  • On the border

    Crossing the Kirghizstan-China border you go through different landscapes along the Tien Shan Mountains but most of it is deserted, with a little, if any, vegetation. There is almost no traffic, just a few trucks slowly running like modern camels of the Silk Road...

  • Exotic Terminal between the West and the...

    Friendly local people, great hospitality! Diverse culture, rich history, indegenous costume, traditional customs

  • Animal herding

    Sometimes along the journey, you can see local people herding goats and if you are lucky, they may be very close to the road for photo taking. However, they can become a nuisance when they block the road which can take a while to clear.

  • Selling mutton on the streets

    It is very common to see people selling mutton on the streets, as mutton is the main meat of the diet in Xinjiang anf surrounding areas.

  • Taking a horse ride at the Tianshan...

    One of the things I enjoyed most in Xinjiang is taking a horse ride from the glacier back to the Kazak settlement. Earlier on, I have walked up to the glacier. Because of the high altitude, I was rather tired after reaching the glacier and therefore decided to take a horse ride back.

  • Traditional dances

    I enjoyed watching the traditional dances of the people in Xinjiang. Very graceful movements and colourful traditional costumes.

  • Buying things

    There are lots of things to buy and they are relatively cheap, more so after bargaining. The fruits such as grapes, honey dews etc are local and very cheap along the streets.

  • Experiencing the culture

    It is a very unique experience if you care to explore the streets of Xinjiang to have a better insight into the Muslim culture which dominates this region of China. The people are generally friendly.

  • titti's General Tip

    Kashgar:once a Silk Road trading centre, today a large town in “Chinese style” (that means white tiled buildings); thousand of red taxis and blaring horns; hundreds of traders coming from the neighbouring regions and … few tourists sitting at John’s cafè waiting for the Sunday market.

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Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Province Hotels

  • Hong Fu

    When in China, westerns should choose a "5-star" hotel. Not because its fancy, but it helps being...

  • Kashi Tianyuan International Hotel

    No.8 Renmin East Road, Kashi, Xinjiang Uygur, 844000, China

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Business

  • Tuha Petroleum Hotel

    No.230 Wenhua Road, Turpan, Xinjiang Uygur, 838000, China

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Solo

  • Kangcheng Jianguo International Hotel

    No.618 East JiaoTong Road, Korla, Xinjiang Uygur, 841000, China

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Twin Star Airport Hotel

    No.23 Stalin Street, Yining, Xinjiang Uygur, 835000, China

  • Qiu Zi

    No.93 West Tian Shan Road,, Kuqa, 842000, CN

  • Hami Hotel

    No.4 Yingbin Road, Hami, Xinjiang Uygur, China

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • International Hotel Aksu

    No.1 Wenzhou Middle Road, Aksu, Xinjiang Uygur, 843000, China

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Rui Chang

    Mouth Of East Round,, Shanshan, CN

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