The Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region
is located in the Northwest of China. It emcompasses a large land area and has borders with
8 countries, including Russia and India.
The Tarim mummies
in the Urumqi museum date from the 2d millenium BC and show Indo-European
features like red hair, suggesting that long ago Caucasians lived here.
Around 140 BC Zhang Qian
explored the region
for his emperor Wu. His reports helped the Han dynasty to establish control over the Northern Silk Road.
Xinjiang forms an etnic
border between the Caucasoid and Mongoloid races.
Most of these minorities
are Muslim, and unfortunately like everywhere else in the world, also here the islam has bloody borders.
Uyghurs attacks on Han
Chinese trigger harsh actions of the chiinese government and so on.....
the area in 2003 with local guides, at that time the political tensions were not is high as they are today.