Come into my office…

Come into my office...

Head to Erdaoqiao Market in the south of Urumqi, and you’ll find a whole assortment of friendly shopkeepers welcoming you to their stalls with… well, enormous growling wolves.

Erdaoqiao is at the epicentre of Urumqi’s Uyghur community – you can sip Turkish tea while sitting on Afghan rugs, with menus in Arabic and Chinese script alike – and even Russian. As remote as the city might appear on the map, it threads together trade routes both ancient and modern, stewing together far-flung cultures, and, in the process, creating an entirely new one of its own.

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