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Xinjiang shares borders with Mongolia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan,

The Grand Canal, is another great waterway of China and is the longest artificial canal in the world. Originally it stretched for 1800km from Hangzhou in the south to Beijing in the north. Now most of it is no longer in use. The Central Uplands, located between the eastern lowlands and the Tibetan plateau, are less than 1000m above sea level.

are predominantly Muslim and are based in Xinjiang, a resource-rich autonomous region in China that borders Mongolia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Uighurs speak a language related to Turkish, and it is often said they feel ethnically closer to Central Asian countries than to the Chinese. The area that is now known as Xinjiang came under Chinese rule in the 18th century, , and it briefly gained autonomy before becoming part of communist China in 1949.

However, Uyghur activists remain unconvinced that general economic investment is the answer to Xinjiang’s troubles. Alim Seytoff, spokesman for the World Uyghur Congress, that “Chinese investment has not brought so-called prosperity, stability or peace for the indigenous Uyghur people in East Turkestan.” In fact, he argued that increased strategic emphasis on Xinjiang has brought more repression for native Uyghurs. Thus, Seytoff predicts that the recently revealed plan for a $40 billion Silk Road Fund

Xinjiang has historically been an important area in Asia, due to its geographically significant location at the center of the Throughout its history, a succession of conquerers and traders have passed through the area, many of whom challenged Chinese control of the region.Professional sports teams in Xinjiang include:

August 2016: I was taking a Russian train that only dips into Kazakhstan to stop at Petropavlovsk to then go back into Russia. Russian officials do their work on the train the last station before the border. After that the Kazakhs came on and did their job while the train was driving on to Petropavlovsk. Neither sides were interested in people not getting of in Kazakhstan, hence no double entry Russian visa/Kazakh transit visa seemed to be needed to take the train between two Russian stops. Overall a very s

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