From the Inside Flap
Sparsely populated and spanning more than 1.6 million square kilometers of desert, river basins, mountains, and grasslands, the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region has had a turbulent history. Many of the events that have occurred there during the last 2500 years have been inextricably associated with its geographical position in northwest China, at a crossroads linking Europe and Asia. Traversed by branches of the series of trade routes that formed the ancient Silk Road, the region has been fought over and controlled by a succession of warlords and empires. Join Ryan as he spends nearly a decade exploring ancient footsteps in shifting sands in China's remote northwest.
From the Back Cover
I owe a debt of gratitude to the people who helped me transform a concept into a reality in the making of this book.
Most of all, I would like to thank the people of Xinjiang, of all ethnicities and religions, for making every one of my visits to the region a joyous journey and a photographic pleasure. The hospitality for which they have been renowned since the early days of the Silk Road era remains the same to this day.
I would also like to say a special thank you to Abdul, Jasmine Bian, Giorgio Baravalle, Jane Smith, Chad Ingraham, Jesper Sorensen, Bob Carnie, and Kevin Viner.