Kashgar received more than 310,000 tourists in the first half of 2019. Chinese authorities are pushing Xinjiang as a tourist paradise, even as locals are held in re-education camps. Photo: Xinhua/Zhao Ge

China promotes Xinjiang as tourist heaven while holding Muslim Uygurs in re-education camps

  • Authorities in Xinjiang have created a parallel universe of smiling locals, exotic food and ‘ethnic’ dance, and are promoting the region to tourists
  • Meanwhile, Turkic-speaking Muslims are subject to mass internment and tight security, and denied the right to cultural expression
Topic |   Asia travel

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Kashgar received more than 310,000 tourists in the first half of 2019. Chinese authorities are pushing Xinjiang as a tourist paradise, even as locals are held in re-education camps. Photo: Xinhua/Zhao Ge
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