Monthly Archives: December 2011

Home away from home

To most Chinese, Xinjiang is that exotic, remote place in the far northwest. But only those who live in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region really know how good a place it is. Manus McMahon, a 39-yearold Irishman who has lived in Urumqi, Xinjiang’s capital, for almost nine years, describes the city as “very glamorous.” “The […]

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Chasing soccer stardom

Teenagers relish the opportunity to play the game they love in Xinjiang, Wang Ru and Cui Jia report from Urumqi. Seeing a sandstorm approaching, 16-year-old Hirali had to stop his afternoon training routine and reluctantly leave the field, juggling a ball between his feet. Hirali was born to a rural family in Kashgar, in western […]

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A glimpse of Suzhou in the heart of New York

A startlingly new advertisement had its debut on Dec 3 in bustling Times Square in the heart of Manhattan, New York City, one of the busiest entertainment and shopping centers in the world, a really eye-catching place to promote yourself. The one-minute video promotion of the city of Suzhou, Jiangsu province and its “2,500 years” […]

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A tasty bread for the ages

Throughout the cities and towns of the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, it is common to see naan bakeries by the street side and a queue waiting patiently for freshly made flatbread. Part of the everyday diet here, naan is usually eaten with milk tea or fruit. “A good naan is made with water, egg and […]

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Best of the barbecues

In Xinjiang, one of the best attractions is a juicy lamb skewer freshly grilled and crusted with salt, cumin and chili flakes. Shao Wei takes us on a culinary tour. For many visitors to Xinjiang, the most urgent task after getting off the plane or train is not to check into the hotel but to […]

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Silk Road to welcome the world’s tourists

Lying at the heart of the historic Silk Road, the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region is creating new opportunities to boost tourism and become a “key tourist destination” for the world, an international travel expert said. Zoltan Somogyi, executive director for member relations and services at the United Nations World Tourism Organization, made the remarks at […]

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