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  • Tajik People—Brave and Friendly

    Tajik People—Brave and Friendly

    penny posted on Wednesday, July 12st 2017 at 11:29

    With a population of 36,000 in Xinjiang, Tajiks live in compact communities in Tashkurgan Tajik Autonomous County, and the rest inhabit in the areas in southern Xinjiang, including Shache, Zepu, Yecheng and Pishan. The origin of the Tajik people can be traced ......

  • Yardan Landscape and Wind Towns

    Yardan Landscape and Wind Towns

    penny posted on Tuesday, July 11st 2017 at 10:01

    Yardan is a word used by some scholars who explored the Lop Nur and later it became a topographical term. Because of strong water corrosion and fierce wind erosion, a series of parallel ditches and ditch ridges have formed in the clay rock area, which look lik......

  • Kirkiz—Grassland People

    Kirkiz—Grassland People

    posted on Saturday, July 08st 2017 at 11:10

    Kirkiz is a Turkic name used by the Xinjiang Kirkiz people, and it means “forty girls”, “forty tribes” or “grassland people”. The forerunners of the Kirkiz peopled were recorded in various names, such as Gekun, Jiankun, Hegu, Jiegesi, Xiagesi, Jilijisi, Qierji......

  • Id Kah Mosque—A Magnificent Islamic Building

    Id Kah Mosque—A Magnificent Islamic Building

    Penny posted on Friday, July 07st 2017 at 17:28

    The Id Kah Mosque, a magnificent Islamic building at the center of Kashgar City, has a history of more than 500 years. The mosque, 140 meters long from south to north and 120 meters wide from east to west, covers an area of 16,800 square meters and consists of......

  • Apak Hoja Mausoleum

    Apak Hoja Mausoleum

    posted on Thursday, July 06st 2017 at 19:05

    Located in Aizirete township, Naizerbag village 5km northeast of Kashgar City, the Apak Hoja Mausoleum is the largest and most influential Islamic burial place in Xinjiang and a key cultural relic unit under the protection of the Autonomous Region. As a Mausol......

  • The Heavenly Lake

    The Heavenly Lake

    Penny posted on Wednesday, July 05st 2017 at 12:45

    The Heavenly Lake nestles on the northern side of the Bogeda Peak of the Tianshan Mountains, 40-odd kilometers in the east of Fukang County, and 120 kilometers away from Urumqi City in Northwest, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, China. In 1783, Ming Liang, th......

  • The Chinese Russians

    The Chinese Russians

    posted on Tuesday, July 04st 2017 at 10:51

    With a population of 8,500, the Chinese Russians in Xinjiang live in the cities of Ili, Tacheng, Altay and Urumqi. They began to move to China from Tsarist Russia after the 18th century. More entered various parts of Xinjiang after the 19th century, and even a......

  • Tuva People In Xinjiang

    Tuva People In Xinjiang

    posted on Monday, July 03st 2017 at 10:37

    At the foot of Altai Mountains, there is a group——Tuva People. With a population about 2,500, most of them live in Baihaba Village, Hemu Tuva Village in Burqin County and Kanas village. Tuva people have their own language but do not have writing system. Theref......

  • National Architecture In Xinjiang

    National Architecture In Xinjiang

    Penny posted on Saturday, July 01st 2017 at 17:30

    Whether roaming in the streets in cities or strolling in the far away villages, visitors are attracted by the distinctive styles of architectures of Xinjiang ethnic nationalities. They are unique in designs with strongly ethnic features. The ancient Turpan’s S......

  • Narat Grassland

    Narat Grassland

    Penny posted on Friday, June 30st 2017 at 13:28

    Located at the important line of communications connecting Southern and Northern Xinjiang, the north part of Narat Grassland connects to Gongliu and Xinyuan County Town, and west part to Hejing County. East part comes from Aikendaban of northwest Hejing and we......