Scary Karaoke and China’s Caucasian Mummies

Urumqi: a place where Han China meets Xinjiang. A relatively young city by Chinese standards, Urumqi was established in the Tang Dynasty- the same time period that Xi’an was in its prime and the Dazu Caves and Leshan Buddha were carved. Urumqi is a primarily Han Chinese city because the government has been promoting many […]

Donkey Haggling and Concubines

After we dropped our things off at the hotel, we hopped on the bus to the animal market! We drove for about a half hour to a road lined with tall poplar trees with fields on either side. While the road sounds serene, it was anything but. This small road was filled with donkey carts, […]

Uighur Knives and Ramadan

The next morning we woke up, boarded the van, and made the drive to the museum… oh wait no, the airport. We had been planning on visiting the museum in the morning to see the famous Caucasian mummies found in the Gobi desert, but our guide told us that we (randomly) would not have enough […]

Exploring the Heavenly Mountains

That next morning we arrived in Xinjiang and walked into the bright sun. There were people everywhere, and I kept a tight hand on my backpack as we squeezed through the crowd. We eventually met our tour guide, who was probably about my age. She was young and pretty, but spoke very poor English. Apparently […]