By Tijen Horoz
As we entered Western China it began to dawn on me that we were no longer in China at all. This was East Turkistan, home of the Uyghurs, a Turkic people who have inhabited this terrain since 840 CE. I knew all of this before I joined a three month, ‘back to roots’, tour of the Silk Road, (I am half Turkish), but nothing could prepare me for just how openly Turkish and Muslim Uyghur China (otherwise known as Xinjiang Province) meet. In fact, it could easily be mistaken for central...
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