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The Leshan Giant Buddha (Lèshān Dàfó, 乐山大佛) is situated at the confluence of the Min (Mín Jiāng, 岷江) and Dadu Rivers (Dàdù Hé, 大渡河) and was...

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The Abakh Hoja Tomb (sometimes spelled Afaq Khoja Tomb) (Apàkè Huòjiā Mù, 阿帕克霍加墓), situated some 5 km (3 mi) outside of town in the village of Haohan (浩罕村), sits peacefully in the midst of poplars and pines. Although many Han Chinese prefer to think of this as the tomb of Xiangfei (Xiāng Fēi, 香妃), a.k.a "the Fragrant Concubine"—a Uyghur beauty who was forced into a marriage with the Qing Dynasty Emperor Qianlong after having participated in resistance to imperial rule— the local Uyghur highlight..

Kashgar's majestic yellow-tiled Id Kah Mosque (Àitígǎěr Qīngzhēnsì, 艾提尕尔清真寺) has been the heart of the region's traditional Muslim culture since its completion in 1442. Today, it remains one of China's largest mosques, frequently hosting ten to twenty thousand worshippers on holy days. Visitors are tolerated but only to the extent that they show the expected levels of respect for the institution. Women are advised to cover up bare limbs and all visitors should be wary of turning a serious place of daily worship into a..

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