Urumqi: Metropolis in the Desert

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A major crossroad on the Silk Road, Urumqi is the main city in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in Northwest China.

Predominantly Han Chinese, Urumqi has a large [Muslim] Uyghur population that feels quite segregated from the Han neighborhoods. In fact, the Uygur neighborhoods were routinely patrolled by squads of Chinese Police.

Dinner at a Muslim restaurant…. Unlike the rest of China, Lamb, rather than pork, is the main source of protein.

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