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The best of Xinjiang in July

07-07-2010 11:03 BJT Special Report:

Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in northwest China is a place with unique landscapes and attractive folk customs. The historical remains of the Silk Road and untouched natural beauty make it a favorable destination for travelers. Here are several places the website sina.com.cn has recommended.

Urumqi

Urumqi is the capital of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and a must-visit for travelers to Xinjiang.

As an important station of the ancient Silk Road, Urumqi inherited cultures from both the east and west. The most famous tourist spots here include the Heavenly Lake, the Southern Pastures, the Red Hill, the Southern Mosque, the Tartar Mosque, and the Xinjiang Regional Museum.

Kashgar

Located in the western end of the Silk Road, Kashgar has been a traffic hub for tradesmen for at least 2,000 years. Travelers are recommended to visit the local Sunday market which is said to be the grandest of its kind in Xinjiang and one of the largest in Asia.

Another place worth visiting is the souvenir streets at the back of the Idkah Mosque. They are filled with shops selling indigenous copperware, samovars, musical instruments and jewelry.

Kashgar is also famous for its ethnic snacks and cuisine such as milk tea, borsak (a kind of fried food), yogurt, milk curd, hand-eaten meat and roast lamb.


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