Urumqi's Connections With Central Asia

Urumqi's Connections With Central Asia

 Op/Ed By Chris Devonshire-Ellis

As our Silk Road Project team arrive in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang, it is pertinent to note the long held the fascination this most Western of Chinese Provinces has held over the exotic-minded businessman. Fabled for its association with the ancient Silk Road and Western legends through the travel exploits of Marco Polo, as well as with Chinese mythology through the epic classic “Journey to the West” mixed together with more recent shades of Britain and Russia playing out their “Great Game.”