Urumqi, China

Young official

Wearing Muslim cap

Many Muslims live in Western China.

At the Urumqi market, you can buy motor oil fresh from these large metal containers.

Every mode of transportation can be found in China.

As the market closes down, a woman sweeps the debris remaining from the early morning commotion. The white mask over her face protects her from the dirt and dust on the street. We see this often with women.

Need a lift?

Or people might use carts to bring goods to market.

People use bikes to bring vegetables to market.

Early morning produce market

Produce market operates early morning on the street in front of our hotel. By 10 a.m., the street is cleaned with no remaining sign of the merchants.

Selling onions on the crowded street around 9 a.m.

Snakes, herbs, turtle shells, lizards, antlers and who knows what else: all used in Chinese medicine.

7 April 1999 - Tonight we will visit a Chinese Muslim restaurant - this is probably the last place we'll find one, since as we head east, Muslims become fewer and fewer. Went to dinner around 9 p.m. and ate snails, chicken with spicy peppers and sweet rice (steamed rice with fruit mixed in with a sugar glaze on top). We drank a couple of local beers to wash this down.


  Western lettering on company vehicles (Jim)
  Tractors in China (Jim)