Northwest China

North West China was historically a border region with the beginning of the ancient Silk Road, much desert terrain, and mainly Muslim inhabitants including some nomads and rather fierce tribal groups. It has always had strong Chinese influences, though at times there were also independent kingdoms in the area. Over the past hundred years there has been considerable migration by Han Chinese; they are now the largest ethnic group in most areas. Today it is a rapidly growing region, though still less developed than coastal areas.

Regions

Regions of Northwest China
Shaanxi Province
Gansu Province
Ningxia Autonomous Region
Qinghai Province
Xinjiang Autonomous Region (Dzungarian, Tarim)

Cities

Other destinations

Do

Heaven lake of Tian Shan

Go next

This article is issued from Wikivoyage - version of the Thursday, February 04, 2016. The text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share Alike but additional terms may apply for the media files.