North West China was historically a border region with the beginning of the ancient Silk Road, much desert terrain, and mainly Muslim inhabitants including some nomads and rather fierce tribal groups.
Xi'an is a city in Shaanxi Province in China. The oldest surviving capital of ancient China, Xi'an is home to thousands of years of Chinese heritage and history.
Xinjiang is located in the North West of China, in the Mongolian Uplands.
Shaanxi, pronounced roughly "Shahn-shee", is a north-central province of China, and includes portions of the Loess Plateau on the middle reaches of the Yellow River as well as the Qinling Mountains across the southern part of the province.
Kashgar is in the extreme west of China and the Southwest extreme of Xinjiang.
Gansu is a province in the North West region of China.
Mount Hua is a sacred Taoist mountain located in Shaanxi Province, China.
Qinghai is a province in Northwest China. It is located south of the Republic of Mongolia, east of Xinjiang, and north of the Tibetan Autonomous Region.
Dunhuang is a city on the old Silk Road. It is in Gansu Province in northwest China.
Ningxia is an autonomous region in North West China.
Tongren is small monastic town in Qinghai Province, China.
Xiahe or Songqu is an ethnically-Tibetan county and town in Gansu Province, China.
Xining is the capital of Qinghai Province and the capital of Xining City District, a prefecture of Qinghai.
Lanzhou is the capital of Gansu province Lanzhou is an industrial city of about three million people.
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