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Josh Summers  Photographer | Travel Writer | Entrepreneur Location: Xinjiang, China Check out my Xinjiang travel guide: 👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼

Pop quiz: this monument nicknamed “The Bubble” can be found in the Xinjiang city of Karamay (克拉玛依). When it was first unveiled there was international outcry, mostly from one city in the US. Can you name that city and explain why they would be so mad? 🤔🤔

Older Uyghur men preparing to attend prayers at Kashgar’s Id Kah Mosque. Last time I visited this place (January 2018) I was surprised by how the building is deteriorating. The “bricks” (they seem to be just a painted decoration, at least at the base) are chipping off; the paint is terribly faded; the grounds aren’t well-kept. I can’t explain why a popular tourist destination wouldn’t be maintained other than to say that it’s not used as much as it used to be. Have you been inside before? Did you think it was worth the entrance fee?

Lunch today was an excellent plate of Uyghur polo, aka “rice pilaf”. I’m definitely going to miss this. It’s not a dish that I can eat every day (very oily) but it sure is a delicious option near our house. This dish is what helped me learn to love lamb meat. As an American, I rarely - if ever? - ate lamb meat at home. Now, it’s a small part of my weekly diet. Is this one of your favorite Uyghur dishes?

It’s been some great weather here in Urumqi recently. It used to be that this city was filthy from all the pollution and while it certainly has some bad days, it’s getting better. I like to call this “old downtown” because the city of Urumqi is migrating northwest to a new business district next to the new train station. The building you see with a round top used to be the “Holiday Inn” building, but they moved out of the region many years ago. Anybody here remember those days (or earlier) in Urumqi?

Anybody interested in a camel trek up to the K2 basecamp here in China's western region of Xinjiang? It's certainly not a simple journey and definitely not a cheap one either ;) Photo by 📷 : @the_trek_blog
Every week, I repost a Xinjiang-related photo from travelers all across the globe 🌍 If you want to see your photo here, just tag it with #FarWestChina or contact me on Instagram!
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Have you ever heard of Xinjiang’s incredible apricot blossoms that cover the hills east of Ghulja (Yili) with a majestic purple/pink? The season only lasts a couple weeks and people travel thousands of miles to see it.

Video credit: @zeng_wang

Another view of Highway 216 that cuts through the mountains separating northern and southern Xinjiang. It's not very wide and it's certainly not well-paved. I took this photo from the highest pass looking down into the valley. You can see the small pit stop in the bottom left corner where the road forks up toward the region's largest glacier.
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This is definitely "the road less traveled". It's known as Highway 216 and it cuts through the mountains between the Xinjiang capital of Urumqi and the southern city of Korla. It was one of the bumpiest roads I've ever driven in my life, but the scenery was also some of the most stunning in the world. Unfortunately, I don't believe this highway is open to foreigners anymore.
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Golden brown Uyghur hot pockets filled with delicious lamb, onion and spice. Also known as "samsa" around these parts :) Photo by 📷 : @gw.f
Every week, I repost a Xinjiang-related photo from travelers all across the globe 🌍 If you want to see your photo here, just tag it with #FarWestChina or contact me on Instagram!
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The beautiful Narat Grasslands in central Xinjiang, China's mysterious and remote western region. It is populated by a number of Kazakh nomads who live in the white "yurts" you see here. I flew my drone to get this fun shot of the grasslands and it was funny to see all of the little children from this "neighborhood" try to chase around this strange flying contraption that they had never seen before ;)
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The beautiful Uyghur kids that run through Kashgar's Old City. They're usually pretty shy in front of the camera, but they're incredibly friendly when you meet them!

Photo by 📷 : @ssergiokass
Every week, I repost a Xinjiang-related photo from travelers all across the globe 🌍 If you want to see your photo here, just tag it with #FarWestChina or contact me on Instagram!
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I love the beauty of the Karakoram Highway! Sure makes biking fun 🚴🏻‍♂️

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