Asia  | 30/07/2016

XINJIANG Uyghur Autonomous Region

In this far-flung and restive frontier province, Central Asian culture is very much alive: from the irresistible smell of teahouse kebabs, to the bustle of bazaars and markets, to the sound of the call to prayer from the neighborhood mosque. Xinjiang is China's Uighur homeland, but for a thousand years, it was also a portal and stronghold for Buddhism in the Middle Kingdom.

Outside Silk Road oasis towns, the legacy of these remains in stunning cave art, and the ruins of ancient cities and monasteries. The awesomeness of Xinjiang's environment is an equal draw for travelers, from the scorching sands of the Taklamakan Desert to the cool forests and lakes of the Tian Shan (Heavenly Mountains). In short, a journey to Chinese Turkestan rewards as an exploration of China's past, its unsettled multicultural present, or simply as an adventure into one of the most sublime landscapes on earth.

     
     
   

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