, and TradMark
- thanks for your kind replies gentlemen, I really appreciate them, and wish I would have responded earlier, but as you will see below, life has been rather busy for me this summer
In late July/early August, the whole family took a trip to the Xinjiang province of China. It is the most westerly province in China, and is completely different from the typical regions we've visited so far, which are predominately inhabited by people of the Han ethnicity. Our first stop was in the Urumqi area where we visited Heavenly Lake :
From there we went to one of the westernmost cities in China, Kashgar. Only ten percent of the residents here are of Han ethnicity. It is predominately occupied by the Turkic Uyghur minority. There have been cases of ethnic violence here, and security is incredibly tight. We had to walk through metal detectors to enter any restaurant, or even the night market. It is more like being in Tehran than Shanghai, and there is a tight grip on media and communication by the ruling CCP. We had special guides to help us navigate and stay safe. Every meal had some lamb.
Here I am looking pretty local with my mink hat
Here is a video I took in a musical instrument store to get a flavor of the culture/style:
The largest Mosque in China is located in Kashgar:
From Kashgar we headed northeast to Yining. It is less desert-like and more lush with grasslands. We marveled at the awesome mountains and landscape:
At one point we were right on the border with Kazakhstan (no sightings of Borat
) and needed special permission from the Chinese military to travel through the boundary/buffer area between China:
We took this special trip, as it would be our final trip as expats in Asia. After spending 7 years in Hong Kong, it was time to move on. This has been in the works for quite a while, and we have just completed our repatriation back to the U.S. We are now living in the Metropolitan New York Area. It was an exhausting and complicated move (and still not 100% complete), but we are all happy to be in a completely new location, and look forward to another exciting chapter in the journey of life.
You may have noticed that I'm sporting a solo mustache again - so as well as moving across the world I also need to move myself back to the land of mustaches