XINJIANG, CHINA

 

October, 2011

WULUMUQI - TIANSHAN

To prepare my trip to Tianshan mountains, I had to stop over Wulumuqi, the capital of Xinjiang autonomous region.

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When I visited in october 2011, police were carrying firearms after several riots between Han and Uyghurs. Tourists were not allowed to take pictures in front of the mosque…

When I visited in october 2011, police were carrying firearms after several riots between Han and Uyghurs. Tourists were not allowed to take pictures in front of the mosque…

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The big bazaar is a “Chinese souk” with stalls of fresh fruits, dried fruits, nuts, spices and Chinese medicinal herbs

The big bazaar is a “Chinese souk” with stalls of fresh fruits, dried fruits, nuts, spices and Chinese medicinal herbs

STAY:

*Baihualin International Youth Hostel

186 Nanhu South Rd
Shuimogou, Urumqi, Xinjiang, China
+86 991 488 1428

 

Glacier no 1 (冰川一号)

 

Glacier no 1 sits in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

Located within the Tianshan Mountains 120 kilometers southwest of Urumqi, this natural wonder is the closest glacier to an urban community in the world.

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The Chinese government invested big money to improve this road in order to accelerate trading of natural resource in this region

The Chinese government invested big money to improve this road in order to accelerate trading of natural resource in this region

Locals call those “fat mama butt” sheeps

Locals call those “fat mama butt” sheeps

For more info, please read: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1414

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We arrived in the afternoon, early enough to hike the 2 km that separate the Glacier from the main road. Normally it is strictly forbidden to enter the area with vehicles, since the pollution is fastening the melting of this cold beauty, however we saw people in SUV easily getting in by just giving few kuai to the guard at the entrance.

 
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Glacier no 1 is a scenic view with stretch of 2.4 kilometers, covering an area of 1.85 square kilometers. It was formed about 4.8 millions of years ago at tertiary stratum of Ice Age. It is famous for being considered as a”living fossil of glacier” because of rich deposits from all periods.

The glacier’s elevation ranges from 3740 meters to 4500 meters.

The glacier’s elevation ranges from 3740 meters to 4500 meters.

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Bizhao Mountains

Bizhao Mountains

 

TURPAN

 
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