Urumqi: Central Asia’s Capital City

And it’s not even in Central Asia, as conventionally defined. It’s in China. Population 3 million, capital of Turkic-speaking Xinjiang region on China’s western edge. Transport and business hub. “You find pudgy Guangzhou businessmen next to nervous-looking Pakistani merchants from Peshawar, Farsi-speaking Tajiks, entrepreneurs from Mumbai and Bangkok. Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, Uzbeks, Turkmen and Azeris mingle with Uighurs and Turks” (1,000 words)

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