Xinjiang

Hunza Valley Gilgit region of north Pakistan

Hunza Valley Gilgit region of north Pakistan

Hunza Valley, Gilgit region, north Pakistan is separated from China’s Xinjiang Province by the Karakaram highway, and from Afghanistan by the Wakhan Corridor.  The perpetual glacier of Rakaposhi dominates the area and the Hunza river silky waters flow through the valley floor. Ismaili muslims dominate the Hunza and are sustained by the Agha Khan.  Both […]


A river runs through it

A river runs through it

A day’s horseback ride through green valleys and alongside rivers of pure water north from Humu in Xinjiang Province, and you’ll come across small hamlets and a comfortable bed for the night.


Tributary river to lake Xanas

Tributary river to lake Xanas

In the grounds of the Blue Mosque: Kashgar

In the grounds of the Blue Mosque: Kashgar

In the grounds of the Blue Mosque on the outskirts of Kashgar.  I was about to take a picture of the burial ground, she was more interested in saying hello to me. Charming.  


North from Humu, and ever closer to lake Xanas.

North from Humu, and ever closer to lake Xanas.

                                            North from Humu and ever closer to lake Xanas situated in the far north of Xinjiang and south of the border with Russia.  


Two days = sore backside!

Two days = sore backside!

Nick and Nag. Two days could have been a life-time, but with scenery so beautiful, and company so good it actually went all too fast.    


Kashgar: skills and concentration

Kashgar: skills and concentration

                                       


Kashgar Kid makes mischief

Kashgar Kid makes mischief

This lad whacks me with a solid rubber ball as I make a one minute film with my camera.  Turning around I see this bag of mischief on two legs and laughed.        


Waiting at a Kashgar surgery.

Waiting at a Kashgar surgery.

                                            Waiting at a Kashgar surgery.


Horsemen from birth

Horsemen from birth

Ethnic Uighurs and Kazak minorities abound in the north of Xinjiang.  These children treat horses as extensions of their own body.  I always fancied myself as a horseman from my teenage days in Wales, but these lads managed to get a lot more out of my steed.