Chinese actress Tong Liya at a fashion event. The actress is one of several from ethnic minorities in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region to have found stardom in China. Photo: Getty Images
Chinese actress Tong Liya at a fashion event. The actress is one of several from ethnic minorities in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region to have found stardom in China. Photo: Getty Images
Xinjiang

Five famous Chinese actresses of Xinjiang heritage: from Dilraba Dilmurat to Gulnazar to Tong Liya, all found success in TV dramas

  • Seen as exotic because of their looks, and feted for their beauty, these actresses are from ethnic minorities in Xinjiang in China’s far west
  • Dilmurat has performed in state broadcaster CCTV’s new year gala, Reyizha Alimjan made headlines as a single mum, while Hankiz Omar is the newest to emerge

Chinese actress Tong Liya at a fashion event. The actress is one of several from ethnic minorities in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region to have found stardom in China. Photo: Getty Images
Chinese actress Tong Liya at a fashion event. The actress is one of several from ethnic minorities in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region to have found stardom in China. Photo: Getty Images
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