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Xinjiang Muslims embrace Corban Festival

Muslims in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region began celebrating on Thursday as one of the biggest religious festivals in China gets underway.

The ancient city takes a new route along the Silk Road

The old trading post in China undergoes a renovation program that aims to preserve its history while reaching out to the present.

Businesses on a new journey to the west

Xu Fenglin fell in love with Kashgar the moment he arrived in 2012. "I immediately began persuading my family to move here with me, and we are now officially residents," he said.

World Cup glory is the next big goal for ambitious Uygur soccer girls

When Dilnur Mardan joined her school's soccer team she knew almost nothing about the sport, but now the 15-year-old Uygur is the team captain and one of the top strikers, with ambitions of playing in the women's World Cup.

My heart belongs to Xinjiang: offspring of expats Li Yizu

With high snow mountains, endless desert and vast grassland, the beauty of Xinjiang is undoubtedly breathtaking. For those who live there, they might just say the land gives them energy and reasons for life.

Poetic way to decode Xinjiang

Modern poet Shen Wei, who spent nearly three decades in the Northwest Chinese region, promotes the region's universal themes for writers there.

Xinjiang eyes tourist boom with new airport

A new airport has opened in Altay Prefecture of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

Chinese border guards help herdsmen

Tian Gaoshuai, a body guard from Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, capped a fruitful few months in the Chinese armed forces.

Trend for Atlas silk bags sparks bright future for ancient craft

For more than 1,000 years traditional craftsmen have been making Atlas silk in Hotan prefecture, Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region. Inspired by the shapes of flowers, leaves and fruits, the people weave beautiful patterns.

Bonus points boost odds of university admission

China has decided to offer students from the southern areas of Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region bonus points that will be added to the total scores of their national college examination, also known as gaokao, to give them a better chance of obtaining a place at a college or university.

Uygur student builds future in capital while studying for advanced degree

In the nearly two years she has spent in Beijing, Yihebale Ilham has had most of her clothes mailed to the capital from her hometown in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region as she didn't want to waste even a moment on shopping.


Most terrorist groups knocked out at planning stage

Most terrorist groups in Xinjiang autonomous region have been knocked out at the planning stage, according to a white paper published Thursday.

The 'brother and sister' who have cultivated success

The value of an old name is difficult to measure. The Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps may sound like a quaint setup to outsiders, but in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, the nickname "Bingtuan" is heard almost everywhere, every day.

An interview with Kurbanjan Samat

Kurbanjan Samat, a 32-year-old Uygur photographer, tells the stories of the Xinjiang people, who he says simply want to live, survive and hopefully thrive, just like everybody else.

Holy war scam exposed as Uygurs are sent home

Uygur stowaways repatriated from Thailand to China claim they were tricked into becoming jihadis by human smugglers and overseas terrorist groups.

More tourism aid planned to help region create new hub

China has pledged to develop the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region as the Silk Road's main tour dispatch hub by 2020 through a national tourism financial aid package.

Xinjiang benefits from tax reform

Since adopting a pilot reform to replace business tax with value-added tax (VAT) two years ago, Xinjiang has witnessed a tax reduction of about 4 billion yuan ($635 million), regional taxation authorities said Monday.

Rumors about Ramadan in Xinjiang are false

The truth in Xinjiang is completely different from a rumor that claims Muslims cannot fast during Ramadan, some Turkish businessmen and returned overseas Chinese learned their own experiences.

Ramadan in Xinjiang: Belief and self-control

Muslims in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region have been observing Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, since June 22. Ramadan continues until July 18 in Xinjiang, home to more than 12 million Muslims and 24,000 mosques, according to Ma Pinyan, a researcher at the Xinjiang Academy of Social Sciences.

Uygur pottery faces extinction due to lack of successors

Tursunkhari Zunun, a six-generation Uygur potter, is pleased to see the continued success of his family's traditional clay crafts in the city of Kashgar, China's western-most city, where his works are the top souvenir.

Tomb relics spur return of silk farming

The ancient tradition of silk farming could be revived as part of a project to restore items up to 2,000 years old found in ancient tombs.

Uygur life in the ancient city of Kashgar

Omar Ali, 44, gets up at 5:30 am, just before dawn, to take the only food and drink he will have all day until the sun goes down again.


Sands of time shifting for desert community

Editor's note: This is the first in a series of special reports to mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region.

Once laid-off girl tailors jobs for women in Xinjiang

When Saliye Hobay lost her enviable job in 2002, she felt lost and hopeless. It was hard for the then 24-year-old girl to imagine that she would one-day be creating jobs for more than 100 women.

Militants who went abroad for jihad express sorrow, regret

Here are stories of people who were duped to illegally leave China and join international terror cells. Now they have been extradited to China and gave first-person accounts on how the terror cells work.

Dead cities' new lives

The Easter Bunny shows how the reincarnation of Turpan's ghost towns as international attractions evoke multiculturalism's merits, which propelled their prominence-and the perils of intolerance, which forced their falls.

Love for ailing Uygur student helps raise 250,000 yuan for treatment

An outpouring of love and donations helped a Uygur student at Xi'an Jiaotong University in Xi'an pay for surgery necessary to treat a brain auditory nerve sheath tumor.

Party chief joins Muslims for Eid al Fitr

Party chief of the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region joined a group of Muslims for the fast-breaking meal during the last day of Ramadan in the regional capital of Urumqi on Friday night.

Uygur family saves Han orphan

Despite financial difficulties, a Uygur family who found a baby crying near a dustbin adopted her as its own and has even left the property to her.

Xinjiang economy forms closer international ties under new Silk Road

China's far western Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region is becoming better connected with the international community after the implementation of the Silk Road Economic Belt.

Beijing dismisses protests about Uygur repatriation

Foreign Ministry says repatriation of more than 100 Uygurs is normal cooperation between countries as well as international obligation.

Bearing witness to a changing Xinjiang

We trace the changes through the eyes of five individuals on the occasion of Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region's 60th anniversary.

Inland provinces boosting employment in Xinjiang

Weli Amet along with 102 others from Tumxuk city were the first group of employees assisted by Guangdong provincial government in a move to support development of several areas of southern Xinjiang.

Woman stitches new life for herself after lifting veil

After baking nang, a kind of crusty pancake, for her husband and children early in the morning, Guliayisham Memet puts on a brightly colored silk dress and rides her motorcycle to the carpet factory 3 kilometers away from where she lives, a small village in Toksun county in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region.