Is Xinjiang Safe?

One of the most common questions that anybody has when considering a trip to China’s Xinjiang region is that of safety. Is it safe to travel to Xinjiang? It’s a great question! Considering all the news you might read about the region, it’s no wonder that you...

What About Travel Insurance?

No matter where you travel in the world, the issue of travel insurance becomes an important one. Most people don’t realize that their personal health insurance becomes practically useless once they leave the borders of their home country. On the other hand, some travelers...

Minority Cultures of Xinjiang

If you’re like most travelers to China’s far western Xinjiang, it’s not just the beautiful scenery that draws you to the region – it’s also the incredibly diverse ethnic cultures that are represented here. Out of the 22 million people that inhabit...

What You Can’t Buy in Xinjiang

Many people arrive in Xinjiang, China thinking that they can buy what they need instead of taking it with them. For some items this may be the case…but certainly not all. So what can you buy in Xinjiang…and what can you not buy here? It’s also worth noting what...