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China's Xinjiang hosts joyous celebrations for Corban Festival

2024-06-18 01:27 Last Updated At:11:07

Muslims across Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in northwest China celebrated the Corban Festival, also known as Eid al-Adha or the Feast of the Sacrifice, on Monday with singing, dancing and feasting to mark one of the major festivals for Muslims in China.

In Urumqi City, the Xinjiang International Grand Bazaar was packed with local residents and tourists eager to celebrate the festival. The bazaar, the largest of its kind in China, highlights Islamic culture in its architecture and in the entertainment on offer for the holiday.

People from various ethnic minority groups donned their festive best and gathered to sing, dance, and share the happiness of the holiday.

Tourists from around the world also flocked to the historic city of Kashgar, savoring the local cuisine and immersing themselves in traditional culture.

In Tuancheng Old Town in Xinjiang's Hotan City, the lively celebration saw over a hundred dancers perform the energetic dance known as Meshrep, or "harvest festival”, to the delight of the crowd.

Dressed in their finest Etles silk dresses, the young Uyghur women captivated onlookers with their graceful movements. The audience was swept up in the infectious enthusiasm, joining in the festivities.

Throughout the Xinjiang region, north and south of Mount Tianshan, hundreds of cultural and tourism events have been organized to enrich the holiday experience for people of all ethnicities.

These celebrations provide a wonderful opportunity for the diverse communities to come together and cherish their shared traditions.

The three-day Corban Festival is celebrated by over 10 ethnic groups across China, including people from the Uygur, Kazak, Hui, Uzbek, Kyrgyz and Salar ethnic groups.

China's Xinjiang hosts joyous celebrations for Corban Festival

China's Xinjiang hosts joyous celebrations for Corban Festival

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Pilot free trade zone invigorates foreign trade in Kashgar

2024-07-15 11:01 Last Updated At:11:37

By capitalizing on a comprehensive bonded zone, a former courier has developed to run a foreign trade company in Kashgar City in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

Zhang Qi used to be a courier, but now, he is the general manager of a large logistics company.

Since its establishment in 2020, Zhang's company has collected goods through cross-border e-commerce and then shipped them to Central Asia, Europe and other regions.

Zhang attributed this leap to the Kashi Comprehensive Bonded Zone, the only one of its kind in the southern part of Xinjiang. Boasting an integrated logistic network of rail, road and air freight, the bonded zone enjoys unique advantages in conducting cross-border trade with countries along the Belt and Road routes.

"We have expanded from about 20 outlets to over a hundred and from a workforce of less than 1,000 to more than 4,000 now," Zhang said. The planning of logistics routes and the selection of logistics tools are two key factors to ensure smooth transportation, improve efficiency, and reduce costs. In search of an economical and efficient transportation mode, Zhang has tested 11 different international transportation routes.

"For example, how many flights arrive in Kashgar daily? How many highways can be used to exit Kashgar? In case of an extreme circumstance, how long will it take to depart? The goal is to calculate our transportation efficiency," Zhang said.

Transportation efficiency is directly related to competitiveness in the market. In the pilot free trade zone, Zhang owns five freight trucks licensed for cross-border transportation, enabling smooth travel to seven countries westward. He currently adopts cross-border road transportation, and can send goods to Germany in 15 days at fastest speed.

"These vehicles are all driven by foreign drivers because our logistics route passes through seven countries, and these drivers are all visa-free from those countries," Zhang said.

Pilot free trade zone invigorates foreign trade in Kashgar

Pilot free trade zone invigorates foreign trade in Kashgar

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