China

When the Snow Stops

By / March 2014

Ruth Ingram on Urumqi’s winter rituals: “Everyone was given a patch to clear and woe betide the slacker who neglected to sweep his rectangle of road.”

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High Heels on the Chinese Slopes

By / January 2014

China’s ski slopes have enjoyed a storied past, writes Ruth Ingram, but now they are laying the foundation for a future that may include the 2022 Winter Olympics.

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Burgers in the Chinese Desert

By / December 2013

On Northwest China’s fast food invasion: “Uyghur Muslim culture allows for guys to hang out, whenever, wherever, with whomever they choose, but there‚Äôs been absolutely nowhere for women to meet in public in this rather conservative settlement.”

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Gridlock in Xinjiang

By / November 2013

This latest dispatch by Ruth Ingram waxes poignantly and hilariously on the traffic situation in Urumqi: “Crossings, it has to be said, are not exactly as we know and love them in the West.”

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Bending Time in Xinjiang

By / September 2013

Ruth Ingram on the curious phenomenon of Xinjiang Time, a self-imposed time zone adhered to by the Uyghurs of far west China, which allows them to stay two hours behind Beijing.

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Fighting Over Fashion in Xinjiang

By / September 2013

Fashion, in the form of leather miniskirts and beehive hairdos, is the unlikely setting for a culture war in far western China, writes contributor Ruth Ingram.

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