The Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region is located in the Northwest of China.
It forms the etnic border between Caucasoid and Mongoloid races. 
Apart from Han Chinese, some 55 officially recognized etnic minorities live here. Many are Uyghurs, a Turkic ethnic group, but there are also Kazakhs, Tajiks and Kyrgyz groups.
Most of these minorities are Muslim, and like everywhere else in the world, also here the islam has a bloody border.
Uyghurs attacks on Han Chinese trigger harsh actions of China and so on.....
A large part of XinJiang is formed by the Taklamatan Desert, a formidable barrier for the caravans that travelled the Northern Silk Road from Xian to Kashi.
For tourists XinJiang is a very attractive destination because of its history, culture and imposing landscapes, but the political situation and recent travel restrictions make a visit a bit difficult.
We toured the area in 2003.
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Karakul Lake