The arc of our travel experience is shaped by the people we meet. Even the most beautiful food and landscape need a human context. With that in mind, we offer a selection of faces – each with a story – that we will recall whenever we reflect on our travels in China.
The following slideshow is our take on China’s ethnic diversity. While these images represent only a fraction of China’s 56 official ethnic groups (there are scores more unofficial ones), we hope they give you a better feel for the various people who call China their home. Continue Reading »
Bearded men, women in headscarves, pulled laghman noodles, pressed pomegranates, a boy who prepares his own vinegar sauce, and two Hoshang dumpling makers doing a dance around a traditional ceramic oven. This is China’s Kashgar night market. Continue Reading »
I sat down today to sift through our video footage from China with the intent of making a Chinese market video; I barely made it past the town of Kashgar (Xinjiang). What an incredible place.
Buried in the footage, I laughed my way through a procession of wooly camels, stubborn donkeys, cowboys and sheep at the old world Sunday livestock market. Continue Reading »
Clinging to the theme of sweaty, shirtless men, we bring you our reflections on hot pot in China.
Women, don’t be repulsed. Men, don’t toss your shirts just yet. Continue Reading »
Xinjiang Cuisine (Uighur Cuisine) – Not-So-Chinese Food
We begin our Chinese food series in the same place we entered China: in the city of Kashgar in China’s western frontier province of Xinjiang. Like the native Uighur people and their culture, food in Xinjiang province resembles Central Asian and Turkic cuisine more than stereotypical Chinese food. Continue Reading »
Once you get past the mounds of chili-marinated chicken feet and the rows of village dogmeat vendors, Chinese food in China is terrific.
Regional Chinese cuisines and ethnic minority specialties deliver a diversity of flavors and texture. The vast array of peppers, spices and sauces ensure that taste buds rarely grow tired. Continue Reading »
Dogs with tiger stripes? Continue Reading »
Heroes contend for hegemony nationalities merge.
- A clip from a descriptive placard at China’s Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region Museum
One Sunday in Urumqi (also known in pinyin Chinese as Wulumuqi) – the once backwater turned boomtown and regional capital of China’s Xinjiang Region – we paid a free visit to China’s Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region Museum. The museum featured all the trappings of cultural heritage: 4,000-year-old mummies, Silk Road era terra-cotta figures, and a host of ethnography exhibits featuring life-size figures of Chinese minorities – all in the glow of a $13 million dollar face-lift. Continue Reading »
You always remember the first time.
Besides being our first city stop in China, Kashgar (Xinjiang Province) was our first: Continue Reading »
If you click around our first installment of photos from China expecting images of kung pao and red lanterns, perhaps you’ll be surprised to find chick pea salads and women in head scarves instead. Continue Reading »