Colin has been to Xinjiang many times. He first travelled there in 1982. Below are just a small snippet of photos he took whilst there.
Xinjiang is home to many ethnic minorities, the most populous being the Uygurs. These are a Muslim Turkic ethnic group. In the 2010 census, they numbered 10.09 million in Xinjiang, that being 46.24 per cent of the total Xinjiang population of 21,813,334. The census had the Han people at 8.75 million or 40.1 per cent of the total. Most of the other ethnic groups are Muslim. The Hui are Han culturally except for their Muslim religion, while the Tajiks speak an Iranian language. The others are Turkic.
Over his multiple visits to Xinjiang, Colin has been to many regions, from Altay in the far north, through the capital Ürümqi, a bit north of the centre, to Turpan, just south of Ürümqi, Aksu, Kashgar and Hotan, which are further to the southwest. The whole region is undergoing a process of modernization and economic development, but it is far stronger in some places than others.
Recent years have seen ethnic conflict in Xinjiang. An immensely complicated topic, this is outside the scope of the present website.
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