The most remote major city from the sea in the world, Urumqi exists among environmental extremes: snow covered peaks and glacial lakes, lush grasslands where nomadic peoples graze their herds and dry, barren deserts where the remains of great cities of ancient times sit empty. Far west Xinjiang’s capital city introduces travelers to cultures and cuisines that grew along the trade routes of the ancient Silk Road.
The Heavenly Lake (Tian Chi) is a magnificent sight to behold no matter if you're braving the summer heat or camping by the alpine lake in the high-altitude snowy Tian Shan ... >>
Once a bustling trade city on the Silk Road, Jiaohe was devastated by Genghis Khan's traveling band of minstrels. Today, the ancient Jiaohe Ruins present an intriguing area that ... >>
The Kumtag Desert, whose Uyghur name translates to "sand mountain," has yellow sand similar to the Gobi Desert; an arid ... >>
Grottos dug out of bedrock and cliffs during the 4th century, the "Caves of the Thousand Buddhas" or Mogao Caves, are a ... >>
Kashgar is home one of China's largest mosques, the Id Kah Mosque. A beautiful, yellow-tiled structure that has been a ... >>