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Kashgar, China

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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.

 

新疆-吐鲁番-打馕的汉子

 

A Uyghur man baking naan bread in a large clay pit in the ground, in Turpan, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China.

 

Naan bread is originated in Persia. Naan is actually a Persian word.

 

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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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新疆-吐鲁番-坎儿井

 

Sunlight shines through karez (local name for qanat), an underground channel to transport water for irrigation and drinking, located in Turpan, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China.

 

Qanat is an old system of water supply from a deep well with a series of vertical access shafts, Qanats create a reliable supply of water for human settlements and irrigation in hot, arid, and semi-arid climates. The qanat technology is known to have been developed in Iran by the Persian people sometime in the early 1st millennium BC.

 

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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。

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。

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 .

新疆-吐鲁番-奔跑的女孩

 

Portrait of a Uyghur girl running on the street, in Turpan, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China.

 

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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 !

Urumqi, Xinjiang, China 新疆 烏魯木齊

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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Tashkurgan (Uyghur: تاشقورغان بازىرى‎; Sarikoli: [tɔʃqyrʁɔn buzur]; Chinese: 塔什库尔干镇; pinyin: Tǎshíkùrgān zhèn) is the principal town and seat of Tashkurgan Tajik Autonomous County, Xinjiang, China.

Tashkurgan means "Stone Fortress" or "Stone Tower" in the Turkic languages. The official spelling is Taxkorgan, while Tashkorgan and Tashkurghan appear occasionally in literature.

Tashkurgan has a long history as a stop on the Silk Road. Major caravan routes converged here leading to Kashgar in the north, Yecheng to the east, Badakhshan and Wakhan to the west, and Chitral and Hunza to the southwest (modern Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan).

It is situated at an altitude of 3,090 metres (10,140 ft) on the borders of both Afghanistan and Tajikistan, and close to the border of Kyrgyzstan and Pakistan.

Today Tashkurgan is on the Karakoram Highway which follows the old Silk Road route from China to Pakistan. Accommodation is available and it is a recommended overnight stop for road travellers from China to Pakistan in order to have the best chance of crossing the snow-prone Khunjerab Pass in daylight.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tashkurgan_Town

新疆-吐鲁番-打馕的汉子

 

A Uyghur man baking naan bread in a large clay pit in the ground, in Turpan, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China.

 

Naan bread is originated in Persia. Naan is actually a Persian word.

 

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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 .

新疆-吐鲁番-做饭的女人

 

A Uyghur woman praparing meal in her bedroom, in Turpan, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China.

 

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新疆-吐鲁番-喂羊的老妇人

 

A Uyghur old woman feeding sheep in her backyard, in Turpan, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China.

 

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Tashkurgan (Uyghur: تاشقورغان بازىرى‎; Sarikoli: [tɔʃqyrʁɔn buzur]; Chinese: 塔什库尔干镇; pinyin: Tǎshíkùrgān zhèn) is the principal town and seat of Tashkurgan Tajik Autonomous County, Xinjiang, China.

Tashkurgan means "Stone Fortress" or "Stone Tower" in the Turkic languages. The official spelling is Taxkorgan, while Tashkorgan and Tashkurghan appear occasionally in literature.

Tashkurgan has a long history as a stop on the Silk Road. Major caravan routes converged here leading to Kashgar in the north, Yecheng to the east, Badakhshan and Wakhan to the west, and Chitral and Hunza to the southwest (modern Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan).

It is situated at an altitude of 3,090 metres (10,140 ft) on the borders of both Afghanistan and Tajikistan, and close to the border of Kyrgyzstan and Pakistan.

Today Tashkurgan is on the Karakoram Highway which follows the old Silk Road route from China to Pakistan. Accommodation is available and it is a recommended overnight stop for road travellers from China to Pakistan in order to have the best chance of crossing the snow-prone Khunjerab Pass in daylight.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tashkurgan_Town

Xinjiang (officially ' Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region; Uyghur: شىنجاڭ ; Chinese: 新疆维吾尔自治区 Xīnjiāng wéiwú'ěr zìzhìqū) is located in the North West of China, in the Mongolian Uplands. It is on the traditional Silk Road. The region has historically been populated by the Uighurs, a people more closely related to those in Central Asia than to the Han; however, in recent decades, the Chinese government has given money to attract Han to move to the region. Today the Han now form the majority of the population in the north while the west remains dominated by minority culture. Mandarin has become the primary language used in most major cities (although Uighur is still an official language in the region), which has resulted in a handful of ethnic clashes and tension in the area. The Uyghur people are reknowned for their honesty, kindness and open-mindedness towards outlanders. Kashgar, Khotan and Aksu are the prefectures with the highest percentages of Uyghur population.

 

The northwestern border region of Xinjiang, lauded variously as a land of song and dance, melons and fruits, precious stones, and carpets, is situated in the heart of the Eurasia Continent. Xinjiang was a key link on the Silk Road and a hub for east-west cultural exchanges in ancient times. The local folklore is rich and varied. The historical name of the region is East Turkestan.

 

The province is largely populated by Mainland ethnic minority groups, such as the Mongols, Kazaks, Kyrgyzs and Uighurs. Like Tibet, the demographic composition of the province has shifted over the past few decades. In 1949, Xinjiang's population was approximately 85% Uighur and 8% Han Chinese; today it is about 45% Uighur and 40% Han Chinese. This influx of Han Chinese has led to ethnic tension in the region that every few years culminates in violence. While you travel, you may take note of the fact that almost all cities with major Han and Uighur populations are segregated into distinct districts with little intermingling.

 

Already Kashgar is feeling the effects of the railway line completed in 1997. This town at the center of the silkroad is seeing its winding mud brick streets becoming gradually flattened in favour of Chinese-style streets typical of any other city in China.

 

As everywhere in China, the official language is Mandarin. However, many other languages are spoken in Xinjiang. The most common is Uyghur, a Turkic language similar to Uzbek but written in Arabic script. The Uyghur language is co-official with Mandarin in Xinjiang, so most official signs in the province are bilingual in Uyghur and Chinese. Other languages include Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Tajik and Mongol. Most of the ethnic minorities are bilingual in their minority language and Mandarin, so unless you approach the elderly, you will be fine speaking Mandarin to locals.

--- Wikitravel

  

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.

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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。

Tashkurgan (Uyghur: تاشقورغان بازىرى‎; Sarikoli: [tɔʃqyrʁɔn buzur]; Chinese: 塔什库尔干镇; pinyin: Tǎshíkùrgān zhèn) is the principal town and seat of Tashkurgan Tajik Autonomous County, Xinjiang, China.

Tashkurgan means "Stone Fortress" or "Stone Tower" in the Turkic languages. The official spelling is Taxkorgan, while Tashkorgan and Tashkurghan appear occasionally in literature.

Tashkurgan has a long history as a stop on the Silk Road. Major caravan routes converged here leading to Kashgar in the north, Yecheng to the east, Badakhshan and Wakhan to the west, and Chitral and Hunza to the southwest (modern Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan).

It is situated at an altitude of 3,090 metres (10,140 ft) on the borders of both Afghanistan and Tajikistan, and close to the border of Kyrgyzstan and Pakistan.

Today Tashkurgan is on the Karakoram Highway which follows the old Silk Road route from China to Pakistan. Accommodation is available and it is a recommended overnight stop for road travellers from China to Pakistan in order to have the best chance of crossing the snow-prone Khunjerab Pass in daylight.

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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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Greetings from the beautiful Uyghur children of Xinjiang province, China.

 

The Uyghurs (/uːˈiːɡərz, ˈwiːɡərz/; Uyghur: ئۇيغۇر, Уйғур‎, ULY: Uyghur  [ʔʊjˈʁʊː]) are a Turkic ethnic group living in East and Central Asia. Today, Uyghurs live primarily in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in the People's Republic of China, where they are one of 55 officially recognized ethnic minorities.

They primarily practice Islam, and are a physically diverse ethnic group ranging from Western Eurasian (Europeans, Middle Eastern) to a more East Asian appearance.

 

An estimated 80% of Xinjiang's Uyghurs live in the southwestern portion of the region, the Tarim Basin. Outside Xinjiang, the largest community of Uyghurs in China is in Taoyuan County, in south-central Hunan. Outside of China, significant diasporic communities of Uyghurs exist in the Central Asian countries of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan, and in Turkey. Smaller communities are found in Afghanistan, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Canada, and the United States.

 

Uyghur is often pronounced /ˈwiːɡər/ by English speakers, though an acceptable English pronunciation closer to the Uyghur people's pronunciation of it is /uː.iˈɡʊər/.

 

Several alternate romanizations also appear: Uighur, Uygur, and Uigur (Уиғур, Уйгур, and Уигур). The Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region provincial government recommends that the generic ethnonym [ʊjˈʁʊː], adopted in the early 20th century, be transcribed as "Uyghur".

--- Wikipedia

 

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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...

Tashkurgan (Uyghur: تاشقورغان بازىرى‎; Sarikoli: [tɔʃqyrʁɔn buzur]; Chinese: 塔什库尔干镇; pinyin: Tǎshíkùrgān zhèn) is the principal town and seat of Tashkurgan Tajik Autonomous County, Xinjiang, China.

Tashkurgan means "Stone Fortress" or "Stone Tower" in the Turkic languages. The official spelling is Taxkorgan, while Tashkorgan and Tashkurghan appear occasionally in literature.

Tashkurgan has a long history as a stop on the Silk Road. Major caravan routes converged here leading to Kashgar in the north, Yecheng to the east, Badakhshan and Wakhan to the west, and Chitral and Hunza to the southwest (modern Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan).

It is situated at an altitude of 3,090 metres (10,140 ft) on the borders of both Afghanistan and Tajikistan, and close to the border of Kyrgyzstan and Pakistan.

Today Tashkurgan is on the Karakoram Highway which follows the old Silk Road route from China to Pakistan. Accommodation is available and it is a recommended overnight stop for road travellers from China to Pakistan in order to have the best chance of crossing the snow-prone Khunjerab Pass in daylight.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tashkurgan_Town

Tashkurgan (Uyghur: تاشقورغان بازىرى‎; Sarikoli: [tɔʃqyrʁɔn buzur]; Chinese: 塔什库尔干镇; pinyin: Tǎshíkùrgān zhèn) is the principal town and seat of Tashkurgan Tajik Autonomous County, Xinjiang, China.

Tashkurgan means "Stone Fortress" or "Stone Tower" in the Turkic languages. The official spelling is Taxkorgan, while Tashkorgan and Tashkurghan appear occasionally in literature.

Tashkurgan has a long history as a stop on the Silk Road. Major caravan routes converged here leading to Kashgar in the north, Yecheng to the east, Badakhshan and Wakhan to the west, and Chitral and Hunza to the southwest (modern Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan).

It is situated at an altitude of 3,090 metres (10,140 ft) on the borders of both Afghanistan and Tajikistan, and close to the border of Kyrgyzstan and Pakistan.

Today Tashkurgan is on the Karakoram Highway which follows the old Silk Road route from China to Pakistan. Accommodation is available and it is a recommended overnight stop for road travellers from China to Pakistan in order to have the best chance of crossing the snow-prone Khunjerab Pass in daylight.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tashkurgan_Town

新疆-吐鲁番-打馕的汉子

 

A Uyghur man baking naan bread in a large clay pit in the ground, in Turpan, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China.

 

Naan bread is originated in Persia. Naan is actually a Persian word.

 

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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 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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Tashkurgan (Uyghur: تاشقورغان بازىرى‎; Sarikoli: [tɔʃqyrʁɔn buzur]; Chinese: 塔什库尔干镇; pinyin: Tǎshíkùrgān zhèn) is the principal town and seat of Tashkurgan Tajik Autonomous County, Xinjiang, China.

Tashkurgan means "Stone Fortress" or "Stone Tower" in the Turkic languages. The official spelling is Taxkorgan, while Tashkorgan and Tashkurghan appear occasionally in literature.

Tashkurgan has a long history as a stop on the Silk Road. Major caravan routes converged here leading to Kashgar in the north, Yecheng to the east, Badakhshan and Wakhan to the west, and Chitral and Hunza to the southwest (modern Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan).

It is situated at an altitude of 3,090 metres (10,140 ft) on the borders of both Afghanistan and Tajikistan, and close to the border of Kyrgyzstan and Pakistan.

Today Tashkurgan is on the Karakoram Highway which follows the old Silk Road route from China to Pakistan. Accommodation is available and it is a recommended overnight stop for road travellers from China to Pakistan in order to have the best chance of crossing the snow-prone Khunjerab Pass in daylight.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tashkurgan_Town

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