Category Archives: Xinjiang

Xinjiang: Flirting on the Nalati Prairie

Meet Azhatae, my horseman and guide for his home, the Nalati Grassland. I’m laughing hard here because my horseman was using some incredibly cheesy pick-up lines as he snapped away. “Stay here with me; you can ride my horse every … Continue reading

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Xinjiang: Nalati Prairie

This is the Nalati Grassland near the Sino-Kazakhstan border. This was my favourite place on the whole trip – it’s not difficult to see why. Visitors to Nalati on a group tour have a few options to while away the … Continue reading

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Xinjiang: The Bayanbulak Swan Lake (with no swans)

Grazing animals are lovely to watch. China has a thing about fencing up natural wonders and charging (exorbitant ticket prices) for them. They do so for lakes, and prairies, and mountains… I understand charging a fee for landscaped parks and … Continue reading

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Xinjiang: Just one of the Chinese-Russian borders

So the tour I booked saw us staying one night in Yining city, Yili region, with a little evening tour of the ‘minority ethnic streets’. Yes, evening – this is broad daylight at 8pm or so because all of China … Continue reading

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Xinjiang: Sayram Lake

I joined a tour to Yili, and visited Sayram Lake along the way. Look at the pebbles on the ground – we were told to pick three up each. We were then driven to a viewing platform – And invited … Continue reading

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Ben Okri’s In Arcadia

I picked up Ben Okri’s In Arcadia at a library book fair some years ago, attracted by the title, thinking mostly of Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia which I had enjoyed very much. The book came to rest in the corner of … Continue reading

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Roses in a park

Just thought I’d follow the previous post with a better view – Colourful roses! This was in a small park just off Parkson Shopping Mall in Urumqi. I quite like city parks in China – it’s always full of activity … Continue reading

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