Xinjiang Provincial Museum

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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?

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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.

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2 thoughts on “Xinjiang Provincial Museum

  1. This reminds of the Jewish exhibit in Kaifeng which was locked up both times I was at the museum. The 2nd time I asked about it and mentioned that I was willing to pay the fee (which I think was 50 RMB) and the girl at the reception desk was able to get the keys to open the exhibit for me but she watched over me like a hawk to make sure I didn’t take any photos of this special exhibit. I am wondering what would have happened if you had inquired further about these closed galleries.

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  2. Interesting about Kaifeng. Why would they keep it closed? Why would they object to photos? They could boost tourism by showing more of this aspect of their history as it’s unique.

    I wonder about asking, but there wasn’t much staff available. They’re very touchy about the Uighurs and in many cases I think that just makes the tensions grow.

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