Welcome to Xinjiang Province, geographically defined by staggering extremes of altitude and climate, ranging from towering snow-capped peaks to arid basins below sea level…
and bordering on eight countries: Mongolia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India.
But the most interesting thing is the Uyghur culture, ethnically more Turkish than Chinese, where Arabic is the mother tongue, and Islam rules. Alas, it appears that tensions between the Chinese central government and Uygurs have seriously escalated since Frank’s visit here in 2013 (and it was already pretty tense).
Destinations include Urumqi, Turpan, and a drive through some of the flattest and most desolate terrain on planet earth.