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Going to the Wild, Wild West – Travels in Xinjiang

I’m on an adventure. Again. This time to Xinjiang (the ‘new frontier’) in China’s far northwest, taking in the Uighur heartland of Kashgar, Tashkurgan and Turpan on the way. I’m travelling as far west as it’s possible to go in China without accidentally running into trouble in one of the ‘stans’ – Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan and Afghanistan – because they all meet closely and uncomfortably together in the corner of the world I’m off to. 
“What on earth would possess her to go that far-flung corner of China??” I hear you ask, “and drag her whole family and guile-less parents-in-law along too?” Well, it’s the October National Holiday, a whole three days of public holidays which I have creatively extended to eleven or twelve, and I think it’s time we all visited China’s western frontier. This photograph is probably proof enough of the incredible landscape that awaits us, and having arrived yesterday I can tell you it’s even more amazing and beautiful than I had imagined. 
Prepare to be enchanted by Xinjiang.
Travels on the Silk Road

  • christa @ mental foodie

    Wow I can't wait to hear about this!!!

    This is a bit off topic, but your post reminds me of this. Since you are a reader also, I hope one day you can read the books written by Jin Yong (that's his pen name – see I LOVE his books, and his books are about the only thing I ever re-read and re-read. His books are mostly series (and there are 3 series that are kinda related too… they are stand alone series but some characters reappeared since they happened in sequence.) Anyway they are make in TV series but of course some are made better than others. There are some movies too but they aren't as good. Anyway they are like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, but with much, much better character developments and plot twists.

    The reason your post reminded me of his books is because I think some of his books were based in that region 🙂 I really wish his books get more attention in the western world, but some of it is hard to translate if you don't appreciate the Chinese culture / history. I recently bought a translated version of one of his book (not his best, but I couldn't find translated books of the 4 series I like best), so I am going to give it a try to see how it translates. The problem with translation though I think, is sometimes it's too literal, so that it doesn't make much sense in another language.

  • Kim

    That's a beautiful photo! Looking forward to reading about your adventure soon.

  • br

    Looking forward to your adventures in Xinjiang. I hope you don't run out of hyphens before the end. Bon-voyage.

  • Fiona

    Christa thanks for the tip-off – I always find your recommendations really good! Please let me know how that translated version goes. It would be fascinating to read.

  • Lauren

    Looks absolutely stunning. Good luck!