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Kashgar, China

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A Uyghur man and his camels, trekking on sand dune in Taklamakan desert, 2nd largest desert in the world, located in southern Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China.

 

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The Uighurs are a very welcoming Muslim Turkic ethnic group living in Eastern and Central Asia. About 7,2 millions of them live in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region at the western extremity of China. Though the Uyghur identity remains fragmented, Uyghur activists like Rebiya Kadeer mainly try to garner international support for the "rights and interests of the Uyghurs", including the right to demonstrate, although the Chinese government has accused her of orchestrating the deadly July 2009 Urumqi riots. Six Uyghur men were sentenced to death after the riots. Uyghurs are classified as a National Minority rather than an indigenous group and thus have no special rights to the land under the law. As a result of Han immigration and government policies, Uyghurs' freedoms of religion and of movement are curtailed. Tensions between Uyghurs and Han have resulted in several instances of violence and ethnic clashes.

 

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China - The Uyghur people of Xinjiang.

 

In Xinjiang, the western province of China, violent combats between the Uyghur people and the new settled Han Chinese people caused more than 150 deads in the beginning of the month of July 2009.

 

Relations between Chinese authorities and the Uyghur population have a long and

tense history. Uyghurs formed two short-lived East Turkestan republics in the 1930s and 40s during the Chinese civil war and the Japanese invasion. But China subsequently took control of the region, and Beijing has in recent years launched a campaign against Uyghur separatism, which it regards as a war on Islamic terrorism. It has also accused "hostile forces" in the West of fomenting unrest in the strategically important and resource-rich region, which borders several countries in Central Asia.

 

The one and only sundryshop we could find in the village . A view of the facade of this shop could be seen on the photo that followed .

Tashkurgan (simplified Chinese: 塔什库尔干镇; traditional Chinese: 塔什庫爾干鎮; pinyin: Tǎshíkùěrgān Zhèn; Uyghur: تاشقۇرغان‎) is the principal town in Tashkurgan Tajik Autonomous County, Xinjiang, China.

Tashkurgan is a Uyghur name that means Stone Fortress or Stone Tower.

Tashkurgan has a long history as a stop on the Silk Road.

Major caravan routes converged here leading to Kashgar in the north, Karghalik to the east, Badakhshan and Wakhan to the west, and Chitral and Hunza to the southwest in Northern Areas of Pakistan.

t is situated at an altitude of 3,600 meters (11,811 ft).

The majority population in the town are ethnic Tajiks.

The majority of people in the region speak Sarikoli.

There is also a village of Wakhi speakers.

Chinese and Uyghur are also spoken.

Today Tashkurgan is on the Karakoram Highway which follows the old Silk Road route from China to Pakistan.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tashkurgan_Town

 

タシュクルガンで出会った白い肌に青い瞳のタジク族美少女。刺繍の帽子もきれい。

Tashkurgan (simplified Chinese: 塔什库尔干镇; traditional Chinese: 塔什庫爾干鎮; pinyin: Tǎshíkùěrgān Zhèn; Uyghur: تاشقۇرغان‎) is the principal town in Tashkurgan Tajik Autonomous County, Xinjiang, China.

Tashkurgan is a Uyghur name that means Stone Fortress or Stone Tower.

Tashkurgan has a long history as a stop on the Silk Road.

Major caravan routes converged here leading to Kashgar in the north, Karghalik to the east, Badakhshan and Wakhan to the west, and Chitral and Hunza to the southwest in Northern Areas of Pakistan.

t is situated at an altitude of 3,600 meters (11,811 ft).

The majority population in the town are ethnic Tajiks.

The majority of people in the region speak Sarikoli.

There is also a village of Wakhi speakers.

Chinese and Uyghur are also spoken.

Today Tashkurgan is on the Karakoram Highway which follows the old Silk Road route from China to Pakistan.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tashkurgan_Town

 

タシュクルガンのタジク族の女の子。個性的でミステリアスな顔をしていた。緑色の瞳。

The famous mouth-watering Hami melons are the greyish ones on the left . A must-taste when in Xinjiang . I tried both types and they are simply superb !

Shopping veiled Uyghur woman at Kashgar, the cultural capital of the Uygur people in Xinjiang.

The Tajik people is part of the Persian peoples, Close to the Iranians, they speak a kind of Persian and are located – in addition to the population of Tajikistan – in Afghanistan, Ouzbekistan and China, In China, most of their population is located in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region and more precisely in the Tashkurgan Tajik Autonomous County, There are about 33,000 Tajik people living in China (4,4 millions in Tajikistan), Most of the Tajik population belongs to the Ismaeli sect of Shiite Islam led by Aga Khan, They hold weekly prayer meetings but have no mosque

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My camera buddies took a short rest after a long hike on the hills around the village . A shot of the interior could be seen in the earlier photo .

365 from the archive~ day 21~ Xinjiang

More than two thirds of the old city of Kashgar has been demolished and the rest doomed to follow shortly...

    

I met this girl in one of the narrow alleys of what is left of the old city as she stood framed by her old family door. Old decorated wooden doors are considered a family treasure among the inhabitants of Kashgar and the carry with them a richness of symbology and lore. A half open door for example is an indication that the master of the house is at home and male visitors may call in. I head while in Kashgar that when the homes are getting demolished, the families, unhinge their doors and take them with them to their assigned new homes, because these doors are holders of their family traditions that they are so afraid of losing. (Facebook)(Blog)(Twitter)

kashgar - a photo essay of mine on the continued destruction of Uyghur architecture can be seen here. Many thanks JCH! - japancamerahunter.com/2012/08/uyghur-photo-essay-brett-el...

Tasting local dates. Not the best ones i have eaten in my travels, very dry!

The light from the back came back on the face of the kid, thanks to the red color!

 

The Uyghurs are a very welcoming Muslim Turkic ethnic group living in Eastern and Central Asia. About 7,2 millions of them live in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region at the western extremity of China. Uyghur means unity or alliance. Their origins seem to come back to the Ding Ling nomads, in the 3rd century BC. The ancestors of the Uyghurs mixed with Turkish nomad tribes, Hans, Mongolians and Tibetans. With the settlement of the population and the development of trade, commercial links with China developped on the Silk Road. At the end of the 10th century, Islam spread. The imperial governement of China then implemented a tight control over the region. This led to the unrest of Uqturpan in 1765. Rebellions and separatist revendications have never ceased since then, even after the region became autonomous in 1955. Islam used to have a real influence on economic, legal land educational affairs as well as on the matrimonial system. Nowadays religion has shrunk to the personal space.

 

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Kashgar or Kashi (Uyghur: قەشقەر‎, ULY: Qeshqer, Chinese: 喀什 pinyin: Kāshí, Persian, Hindustani: کاشغر / कशगार) is an oasis city with approximately 350,000 residents in the western part of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China.

The city is located in the western extreme of China — within both the Tarim Basin and the Taklamakan Desert — where it experiences an extreme desert climate.

Kashgar’s Old City has been called the best-preserved example of a traditional Islamic city to be found anywhere in Central Asia, but it is now being razed by the Chinese government which plans to replace the old buildings with new.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kashgar

 

カシュガル旧市街の路地。石畳に日干しレンガ造りの建物が雰囲気抜群。

ここも取り壊し&立て直しになるのだろうか。

The Uyghur gastronomy is influenced by the Turkish, Persian and Chinese cuisines. Mutton constitutes the base of their diet, in dumplings at breakfast, or with rice and other condiments. They don’t waist anything of the mutton, cooking and consuming even the lungs and brain of the animal. They cook pilau, fried and sticky rice, with date juice or spices. Maize and wheat are also part of their diet and laghman (a kind of noodles), kebabs, pigeons and cabbage are among some of the traditional Uyghur meals. Uyghurs also have all kinds of bread called çong nan (large and thin bread), toğaç (small and thick bread) for example. They also bake short puff pitas (qatlima) as well as thin pancakes (poşqal). Uyghurs traditionally drink rose tea or ayran tea (with fermented milk). Uighurs cook a lot in the streets on wood stoves and eat there as well.

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kashgar - life under the chinese boot continues for uyghurs.

The Uyghurs are a very welcoming Muslim Turkic ethnic group living in Eastern and Central Asia. About 7,2 millions of them live in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region at the western extremity of China. Though the Uyghur identity remains fragmented, Uyghur activists like Rebiya Kadeer mainly try to garner international support for the "rights and interests of the Uyghurs", including the right to demonstrate, although the Chinese government has accused her of orchestrating the deadly July 2009 Urumqi riots. Six Uyghur men were sentenced to death after the riots. Uighurs are classified as a National Minority rather than an indigenous group and thus have no special rights to the land under the law. As a result of Han immigration and government policies, Uighur freedoms of religion and of movement are curtailed. Tensions between Uyghurs and Han have resulted in several instances of violence and ethnic clashes.

    

© Eric Lafforgue

www.ericlafforgue.com

The Uyghurs are a Muslim Turkic ethnic group living in Eastern and Central Asia, About 7,2 millions of them live in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region at the western extremity of the China, They practive a moderate Sunni Islam with a mystical Sufi tradition, most of them from the Hanafi school, The worship of Islamic saints is widely practiced and many Uyghurs actually make pilgrims to the tombs of popular holy men,

Yet, the practice of their religion is tightly controlled by the Chinese government, Only officially recognized mosques are open to Uyghurs over the age of 18 only, Governement employees and state owned enterprises employees are not allowed to pratice their religion. Religious activities and imams are also under tight control, The latter are required to undergo « self-criticism sessions », Mollahs were also killed by the Chinese governement, Any criticism of its policies being seen as « separatism », it is treated as a fellony leading to death penalty, Religious symbols like beards and veils are prohibited in state institutions, including schools

    

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An Uyghur kid, met in the streets of Old Kashgar. He was not daring to go too far from his parents' house. Slowly, just some few centimeters away, staying next to the wall, and playing with a microscopic stone. Why do we loose this capability of using our imagination to make of very simple things very elaborated stories? (China, Xinjiang, Kashgar, May 2005)

Autumn in Xinjiang

 

Xinjiang is an autonomous region (Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region) of the People's Republic of China. It is the largest Chinese administrative division and spans over 1.6 million km2. Xinjiang borders Russia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, has abundant oil reserves and is China's largest natural gas-producing region.

With a documented history of at least 2,500 years, there have been a succession of different peoples and empires vying for control over the territory. Prior to the 21st century, the region has been ruled at various times by the Yuezhi, Xiongnu Empire, Han Dynasty, Sixteen Kingdoms of the Jin Dynasty (Former Liang, Former Qin, Later Liang, and Western Liáng), Tang Dynasty, Uyghur Khaganate, Kara-Khanid Khanate, Mongol Empire (Yuan Dynasty), Dzungar Khanate, and Manchu Qing Dynasty.

 

Thanks to all those who take time to leave comment, Have wonderful day, best regards. Serge

 

Le Xinjiang appelé également Turkestan oriental, est une des cinq régions autonomes de la République populaire de Chine, au statut particulier, comme la Mongolie-Intérieure ou le Tibet. Situé à son extrême ouest, il s'étend sur 1 660 001 km² et occupe un sixième du territoire chinois. Le Xinjiang possède une frontière commune avec huit pays, soit la Mongolie, la Russie, l'Inde, le Pakistan, le Kirghizistan, le Kazakhstan, l'Afghanistan et le Tadjikistan.

 

Merci à ceux qui prennent le temps d'écrire un commentaire, très bonne journée, Amicalement. Serge

 

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365 from the archive~ day 2~ Xinjiang

The Idkah or in local Uyghur language Heit Kah mosque is the largest in China. Locals in Kashgar gather daily for prayer on the grounds of the old mosque and for celebrations in its large courtyard. The mosque was first built in 1442 as a small structure and was later expanded in different stages.

    

There is a great kind of dignity with the locals in Kashgar that stares you right in the eyes. I could also feel a sense being content with who they are, a strong belief and a strength from unity emanating from the people that I met during my travels in the region.

   

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Shopping veiled Uyghur woman at Kashgar, the cultural capital of the Uygur people in Xinjiang.

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China - The Uyghur people of Xinjiang.

 

In Xinjiang, the western province of China, violent combats between the Uyghur people and the new settled Han Chinese people caused more than 150 deads in the beginning of the month of July 2009.

 

Relations between Chinese authorities and the Uyghur population have a long and

tense history. Uyghurs formed two short-lived East Turkestan republics in the 1930s and 40s during the Chinese civil war and the Japanese invasion. But China subsequently took control of the region, and Beijing has in recent years launched a campaign against Uyghur separatism, which it regards as a war on Islamic terrorism. It has also accused "hostile forces" in the West of fomenting unrest in the strategically important and resource-rich region, which borders several countries in Central Asia.

 

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Kashgar or Kashi (Uyghur: قەشقەر‎, ULY: Qeshqer, Chinese: 喀什 pinyin: Kāshí, Persian, Hindustani: کاشغر / कशगार) is an oasis city with approximately 350,000 residents in the western part of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China.

The city is located in the western extreme of China — within both the Tarim Basin and the Taklamakan Desert — where it experiences an extreme desert climate.

Kashgar’s Old City has been called the best-preserved example of a traditional Islamic city to be found anywhere in Central Asia, but it is now being razed by the Chinese government which plans to replace the old buildings with new.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kashgar

 

カシュガル旧市街、職人街近くの路地にて。

ちまきのようなものを売っている屋台に木漏れ日が降り注いでいた。

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