How Did I Become Such a World Renowned Expert on Xinjiang?

Proof positive that Mosques do still exist in Xinjiang — here’s a big one! DaBazaar in Urumqi
Mrs G going through the ubiquitous electronic checkpoint, to shop in a pedestrian mall
I went to google to find this and give credit to the Weibo user who posted it — these “cattle prods” are not instruments of torture, but much better than tasers and guns and are in every hotel, restaurant, airport, train station and even in schools.
All packed, ready to go and posing for a picture before we do the first of 4,500 kilometres — quite a daunting moment
Friendly, helpful and asking us to pose for pictures with them, not vice versa. We couldn’t fault the police for the positive way in which they did their difficult job
One night was spent under here attempting to shelter from a ferocious wind
A night spent under the stars, this was a cemetery, but we didn’t mind sharing
Setting up for a cosy night on the floor of a shed attached to a restaurant in the middle of the desert — next stop more than 150km away, so this was the local luxury — it was here or under the road (which turned out to be the next night too)
My wife poses for a selfie with one of the locals in Xinjiang in a restaurant — she was part of a large family group working the restaurant and certainly didn’t seem oppressed — although, to be truthful, we never asked her — it just didn’t enter our minds to do so!
Another kind and helpful lady in Xinjiang, (not the wife, although she is indeed a kind and helpful person). The bags of water and other drinks bottles were from a shop about 4km away, she happily took us, because she said it was too far to ride — wouldn’t accept a cent in return for the favour. Once again, I didn’t ask if she was oppressed: why would I do that?

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I’m British born Australian living in Guangdong and have an MA in Cross Cultural Change Management. I write mostly positively about my China experiences

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Jerry Grey

Jerry Grey

I’m British born Australian living in Guangdong and have an MA in Cross Cultural Change Management. I write mostly positively about my China experiences

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