Xinjiang means beautiful scenery for concentration and tourists camps for local minorities
40 percent upsurge in visits year-on-year
– from domestic tourists &ndash mainly; outstripping the national average by 25 %, in accordance with official figures.
The business is continuing to grow steadily through the years due to the fact “Xinjiang is quite stable”, explains Wu Yali, who runs a travel agency in your community. Though tourists aren’t used to the advanced of security initially, “they adapt following a few days”, she says.
Travelers are barred from witnessing probably the most controversial section of Xinjiang’s security apparatus: the network of internment camps spread over the vast region.
Many of the facilities are outside main tourist hubs and so are fenced off with razor-wired walls. China describes the facilities as “vocational education centers” where Turkic-speaking “trainees” learn Chinese and job skills.
“The violence that’s being inflicted on the bodies of Uygur along with other Muslim people … has been rendered invisible,” says Rachel Harris, who studies Uygur culture and music at the educational school of Oriental and African Studies University of London.
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“For a tourist who goes and travels around a designated route, everything looks nice,” she says. “It’s all very quiet which is because there’s a regime of terror being imposed on the neighborhood people.”
According to People’s Daily, the regional government offered travelers subsidies worth 500 yuan (US$73) each in 2014, after tourism plunged carrying out a deadly knife attack blamed on Xinjiang separatists in southwest China.
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