China's West: The Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region
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(Oct 05, 2007)
As a strategic barrier in the northwest of China, Xinjiang was an important corridor on the ancient Silk Road. It has abundant resources of water, land, solar energy and geothermal energy. So, it has a promising future for development. Its natural landscapes are picturesque and unique. There are snow-capped peaks as well as basins, blue lakes and oases. The cultural resources are abundant, such as the Site of the ancient Gaochang City, the Ruins of Loulan and the ancient tomb sites. The culture of the ethnic minority groups is well preserved. The epic Jianggar and the "Twelve Mukams" opera, for example, are widely acclaimed as art masterpieces.