China - Xinjiang (Chapter)
This is the Xīnjiāng chapter from Lonely Planet’s China guidebook.
Xīnjiāng is China’s Uighur homeland, but for a thousand years it was also a portal and stronghold for Buddhism in the Middle Kingdom. Outside Silk Road oasis towns the legacy of this remains in stunning cave art, and the ruins of ancient cities and monasteries.
- follow the footprints of Marco Polo along the southern Silk Road
- stay overnight in a yurt and marvel at the dramatic mountain scenery of the Karakoram Highway
- visit the ancient ruins, such as Jiāohé, near the laid-back oasis town of Turpan
- restaurants & accommodation
Coverage includes: Ürümqi (Wūlǔmùqí), Tiān Chí, Turpan & around, Hāmì (Kumul), Kuqa & around, Kashgar, Karakoram Highway, Southern Silk Road, Yengisar, Yarkand, Karghilik, Hotan, Cherchen, Charklik, Bù’ěrjīn, Kanas Lake Nature Reserve, Yīníng, and Sayram Lake.
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