In the past two weeks, much has been reported on unrest in Northwest China. Xinjiang (officially: Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region) is the largest Chinese administrative division and is home to many Chinese minority ethnic groups, including the Uyghur, Kazakh, Tajiks, Hui, Kyrgyz, and Mongol. Long-standing tensions between the predominantly Muslim Uyghur group and the Chinese Han majority have led to disquiet in the past.
On Wednesday, June 26th, an attack was carried out on police and government offices in Lukqun, a township in Turpan prefecture, north Xinjiang. Reports state that the incident left dozens dead, including several policemen. Two days later, another confrontation occurred in Hotan prefecture, which was resolved without any casualties. These incidents have resulted in arrests and increased military presence throughout Xinjiang.
No WildChina travelers have been affected by these events. They are isolated incidents and in no way target the general public or international travelers. We advise travelers visiting Xinjiang to “exercise caution,” and our recommendation aligns with the United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada travel advisories. The United States has yet to release any Alerts or Warnings.
Please rest assured that WildChina will continue to monitor the situation closely and will keep our travelers updated on any important changes.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact WildChina at info@WildChina.com!