Photos from Xinjiang
Xinjiang is the most westerly province of China and literally means 'New Frontier', a name given during the Qing Dynasty. It is home to a number of different ethnic groups, including the Uyghur. Because the Uyghur speak a turkic language, the region is also known as Chinese- or East-Turkestan (East, compared to other Turkic nations). A large part of Xinjiang is occupied by the Taklamakan desert, surrounded by oasis towns like Kutcha, Turpan, Kashgar. These cities and the fields around get their water from the nearby mountains ranges (for example the Pamir and the Tianshan mountains).
Dunhuang : sand-dune on the fringes of the oasis
Mosque in Turpan : the historical capital of the Uyghurs
Turpan : street life
The afghan style minaret near Turpan
Uyghur kids in the old traditional part of Kashgar
Melons and pasteques at the market in Kashgar
Market day in Kashgar : the "parking lot"
Making of nan-bread
Karakul Lake (alt. 3600 m) in the Pamir (my favorite view of the whole trip)
Xinjiang was part of the 2000-2001 trip
to : Pakistan from : Tibetan regions