Happy World Heritage Day! Other than the famed Forbidden City and Great Wall, how many of China’s 48 World Heritage sites come to mind? Here are some of the hidden gems on the list that might not be at the tip of your tongue, but definitely belong on your bucket list:
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Posts Tagged: Xinjiang
Even for the seasoned China traveler, the ancient Silk Road regions are a place of mystery and surprise. Past civilizations and modern countries have left layer upon layer of cultural influences in this crossroads of global trade. It’s a world that’s hard to define and hard to place.
BREAKING – August 30, 2013 At 1:27 p.m. local time, a 5.1-magnitude earthquake was registered by the China Earthquake Networks Center in Urumqi, the capital city of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in northwest China. The epicenter was at a depth of 12 kilometers (approximately 7.5 miles). As of 3:44 p.m. today, no casualties or… Read more »
Traveling China’s ancient Silk Road in Xinjiang just became much easier thanks to the opening of a new passenger train that connects Hotan (in Southern Xinjiang), Kashgar (located near the borders of Kyrgyzstan & Tajikistan), and Urumqi (the capital of the region). Covering railway spanning 2,073 km, the journey from Hotan to Urumqi takes approximately 35… Read more »
The sandy regions, snow covered mountains and colorful Uighur costumes of China’s wild west, make Xinjiang a paradise for photography. WildChina and leading British photographer, Sean Gallagher, have worked together to design a unique and unprecedented photography boot camp along the ancient Silk Road. Intended for people who are passionate about photography and travel and… Read more »
Even for experienced China travelers, the vast region of Xinjiang in the country’s northwest is full of surprises. One of the bigger surprises is the mystery of the dried corpses known as the Tarim mummies, which are on display in museums throughout Xinjiang. Two of the mummies have traveled to the US as part of… Read more »
As noted earlier, China is already the world’s number-three destination for international travel. Many travelers nowadays have already made one or two trips to China, but more often than not, they’re visiting the coast, possibly venturing inward to check out the Terracotta Army in Xi’an. But China is more than just a handful of sites… Read more »
It’s been almost a year since we first spoke with Portrait of an LBX bikers and writers Andy Keller and Evan Villarrubia. We caught up with them this week to talk about their reflections on their trip, which ended on September 13, 2010. WildChina Travel (WCT) : Now that you’ve finished with the trip,… Read more »
If you’ve been thinking about an autumn getaway in China, now is the time to make plans for an unforgettable trip. Not too hot and not too cold, fall provides ideal weather conditions to see almost every part of the country. We’ve compiled a shortlist of our favorite fall spots in which to enjoy the… Read more »
I recently returned to WildChina’s Beijing office after spending 11 days in Gansu province, and a friend similarly returned via train to the capital city yesterday after a month in Xinjiang. Back in the comforts of Beijing, we compared notes about how to successfully, comfortably, and cleanly traverse China’s Western provinces. Here are our… Read more »