Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Olympic Torch in Urumqi

ئۈرۈمچی‎ 乌鲁木齐

Today the Beijing Olympic Torch Relay is passing through Urumqi, the capital of landlocked Xinjiang Province and 1,400 miles from the nearest sea.


Around 8 million of Xinjiang Province's inhabitants are Muslim Uighurs, with a distinctive dress, lifestyle and cuisine. Urumqi, a city of over 2 million inhabitants, sits on the ancient Silk Road and the area of Xinjiang Province borders Mongolia to the north and Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan to the west.


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Urumqi is connected by rail to both Kashgar and Beijing.

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