Situated in the northwest border area of China, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region was an important pass on the Ancient Silk Road. Detailed information about Xinjiang Travel Guide
Urumqi is the capital of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and the most 'inland' city in the world. With a population of two million gaily-dressed ethnic inhabitants, the city is likened to an emerald embedded at the foot of the Tianshan Mountains.
Turpan means 'the lowest place' in the Uygur language and 'the fertile land' in Turki. Occupying an area of 15,738 square kilometers (6,076.5 square miles), Turpan City Prefecture is located to the southeast of Urumqi, the capital city of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
Kashgar is an ancient city where generations of Uygur people reside, thus it has accumulated profound Uygurian features. Generally, it is a city influenced by both culture from west Asia and Central Asia.
The Altay Region is located at the extreme north of Xinjiang. Altay Mountains are in its northeast, Gurbantunggut Desert is in its southwest and alluvial plain of Erqis River and Ulungur River are in its central part. The famous Kanas Nature Reserve is also within this region.
Local Singing and Dancing has a long history. As early as the 2nd Century of the Han Dynasty (206BC-220AD), the music and dance of Hetian had been introduced into the central plains. Along with the ancient Silk Road, it becomes famous at home and abroad.
Xinjiang is one of China's five autonomous regions for ethnic minorities. As many as 47 ethnic groups concentrated in this region. Visitors abroad and home are attracted by the colorful ethnic flavors here.