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View of the Tien Shan Mountains from the valley within the Xiata Scenic Area.

6 places to visit in Northern Xinjiang

Northern Xinjiang is a nature-lover’s paradise. The magnificent Tien Shan Mountains down south and the gorgeous Altai Mountains up north surround the entire region. Even the flatter areas are not spared from the gifts of nature – beautiful grasslands, pristine lakes and meandering rivers fill whatever that is left. Opportunities for hiking are aplenty, but […]

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Uyghur woman protesting in front of hundreds of riot police in Urumqi.

Is Xinjiang dangerous?

The media is a scary concept; you hardly find positive news on the newspapers these days. When people think of Xinjiang, they only remember the terrorists, knifing incidents and the general instability that the media portrays. However, is it true that Xinjiang is dangerous, rife with terrorists and religious extremists? Here is a reality check: […]

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