Volatile and beautiful and exotic and noisy and scary. Truly, it's as if we have arrived in another world.
We're greeted at the airport by police carrying AK-47s.
Actually, I wouldn't know an AK-47 from a Winchester rifle, but whatever - they were scary-looking machine guns.
|picture from mwcnews.net . . . I did NOT want to be taking pictures of cops with guns!|
Only a month before our visit, Kashgar was the site of rioting and violent attacks. There was - and is - ongoing unrest between the local Uighur and Han Chinese populations.
Here's a brief and simplified explanation of the situation.
So, upon our arrival, we were a little . . . unsure of what to expect. It was a very quiet ride from the airport to our hotel. I'm sure we were all wondering if this part of the journey was a good idea.
It was, indeed.