Empty malls replacing ancient neighborhoods, the police patrolling the streets, and a place where Uighurs and Chinese come together were all part of what Lawrence Hamilton found when he returned to Kashgar.
Crossing borders in and out of Xinjiang proved to be unexpectedly problematic. Is this a sign of challenges to come as I continue research on the New Silk Road?
Looking out at Horgos, a backwater town on the Kazakh border that’s being super changed into becoming a big city by all out fiat.
How Uighur flat bread ovens are made in Urumqi.
A little about the ice cream that is virtually everywhere in the Uighur parts of Xinjiang.
The harsh reality and subtle beauty of everyday life in Kashgar.
Urumqi is a city that appears to be under siege, and in many ways it is.
This is an article that I wrote for CityMetric, the urbanism blog of the New Statesman.