The history of the Wakhi people and the Wakhan Valley is complex, and the journey across the Pamir Highway can be unpredictable, barren, and cold. In the faces of the Wakhi people, there is warmth.
I recently took a trip to Yunnan, upon which I did as I always do, and strayed as far off the tourist trail as possible. What followed were some of the most incredible memories I’ve ever made in China.
Kashgar, an ancient Silk Road gateway tucked into China’s far west corner, doesn’t boast a huge number of tourist attractions. But for me, it was a city brought to life by its people. - a place steeped in Uyghur culture.
I recently spent some time in Urumqi and discovered that though the city itself is somewhat plain, there are some truly beautiful sights just a short distance away.
Those on a quest to discover the ancient Silk Road often make stops in Dunhuang, Urumqi, and Kashgar, all oases on the ancient trade route, but none with as much to offer as Turpan.
I’ve dreamt of taking a road trip along the Karakoram Highway since the early 90s. The road, which connects China to Pakistan, winds its way through the majestic, snowcapped Karakoram Mountain Range. On a recent trip to Kashgar, China’s westernmost city, I finally got my chance.
Xian, in central-northwest China, is one of the birthplaces of the ancient Chinese civilization. It’s bursting at the seams with colorful history, boasting over 3,000 years worth of it.
I have visited several sections of the wall and each has unique features. There are two main ways to visit the Great Wall: by going to the restored sections of the Wall, which are overrun by tourists, or by seeking out the non-restored sections that have far fewer tourists.
While most tourists head to Guilin and Yangshau, the real treasure for me in the area is heading to Longsheng by car to Miao, Yao, Dong and Zhuang territory, a rich mosaic of tribal minorities.
The 798 Art Zone industrial area has interesting origins. Known as the "Dashanzi Factory Complex," it was formerly a cooperative engagement founded upon an alliance with the erstwhile Soviet Union (and East Germany).