If you’re in Urumqi, the Xinjiang Provincial Museum is a must see. It’s not very large, but it gives you a portion of the history of the region. It’s located behind a street with lots of high fashion, over priced stores and the Sheraton Hotel. Get to the Sheraton and someone at the front desk will be able to speak English and point you in the right direction.
After going through security, you’ll find galleries with more English than usual. They explain how the Han first came to Xinjiang in 200 BC, way before the Uighurs. They want you to see the Han arts and crafts and remember they were there first. Point taken.
I was disappointed that I wasn’t able to see the galleries with Uighur culture on display. Those were locked up. Why?
I’d love to know if they’re usually closed. Leave a comment and let me know if you’ve see these galleries.
It seems that these galleries should always be open to show goodwill.