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"If you have not been to Kashgar, then you haven’t really been to Xinjiang”

"If you have not been to Kashgar, then you haven’t really been to Xinjiang”. This Chinese saying led me straight to the first destination of my journey to the west: China’s highly praised Kashgar.

The grapes of wealth: a glimpse into Xinjiang’s agricultural industries

Turpan is famous for its delicious grape. If Xinjiang ever developed a vineyard rating system, 58-year-old Ablet Yunus’ orchard would be classified as one of the best.

Diving for blue gold: lake of heaven, fishermen in desert

Due to excessive irrigation, the lower reaches of the Tarim River, China’s longest inland river, ran dry in the early 1970s and pushed surrounding trees to the verge of disappearance. After years of restoration efforts, the river has now regained its former glory.

Journey of faith: meeting Xinjiang’s Muslims

Id Kah Mosque in Kashgar is the biggest mosque in Northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. (Global Times / Fan Lingzhi) The icon of Kashgar for almost six centuries, the Id Kah Mosque stands out in silhouette.

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