A demonstration in Urumqi, the capital of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, turned violent on Sunday, July 5, 2009, with demonstrators attacking passers-by and setting vehicles on fire. Chinese media reports that at least 150 people were killed and over 1,000 injured. According to China Daily, internet access in most of Urumqi has been disabled and some shops and restaurants remain closed. Xinjiang authorities declared a traffic curfew in the regional capital.
As of today, the Chinese Government has not issued travel warnings. At the moment, WildChina does not currently have trips in Xinjiang. For trips departing in August, we will advise clients on July 15th regarding the suitability of continuing their trips.
WildChina takes the health and safety of its clients very seriously and will continue to carefully monitor media reports for news regarding the riots in Xinjiang.