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I took this photo at an outdoor restaurant. To the left side of the photo, you can see flames. The coals were raked down the length of the grill and kabobs hung across to cook. The cook has a platter of samsa before him. These pastries are filled with meat, often lamb.
Watermelons in the foreground, the table behind holds naan (bread) and on the other side of the street fruit is being sold. No doubt, there was a table of the sweetest green grapes of my life, as this area is famous for its grapes.
Cars, motorcycles and carts drawn by donkeys, horses and oxen are the means of transportation in this province. I found donkeys to be the most agreeable.
This beautiful building is the Abakh Khoja Mausoleum. Abakh Khoja was a Muslim Uyghur leader in the 17th century. This mausoleum is just outside Kashgar, the capital of the past Uyghur empire. In my experience, modern Uyghur people consider themselves cultural, rather than religious, Muslims. Under Chinese government, Uyghurs have not been allowed to study or practice religion, although Christian missionaries in Xinjiang province have worked long and successfully to win converts.
The large figure to the right is Chairman Mao Ze Dong. He is applauding the smaller figures who represent the thirteen minority ethnic groups who are native to Xinjiang province. This billboard advertises the harmonious relationships between minorities and the Han Chinese. My Han Chinese students were proud to tell me, “There is no racism in China.” Minority people in China never told me this.
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