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Urumqi, Northwestern China. While China remains popular with tourists the Western region of the world's most populous country is rarely traveled. Despite a brilliant train network which stretches across the country, places like Urumqi, with its Islamic influence remain unknown. The same can be said for a Chinese entry in to Tibet (Versus the popular Nepal-side entry).

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Tianchi Lake in Xinjiang, a world natural heritage site, is an alpine lake that’s great for day trips from Urumqi. via FB by Discover China

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Buddhist temple in Midong, Urumqi, Xinjiang (2) - China - Wikipedia

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Masjid in Xinjiang, China. This village outside of Turpan is called Tuyok Valley (Chinese: 吐峪沟 Tŭyùgōu) and is not on most itineraries. I visited-it's beautiful. More info at Far West China - http://www.farwestchina.com/2013/04/traveling-to-turpans-tuyoq-valley.html

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