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Exploring China's new frontier ep.18: Xinjiang through our eyes: China's Far West has no one true picture but many

Reporter: Han Bin 丨 CCTV.com

10-18-2016 13:09 BJT

Full coverage: Xinjiang: Exploring China’s New Frontier

For nearly three weeks, we've been exploring China's western Frontier --the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. This region has been branded with labels such as mysterious, isolated, underdeveloped, and conflicted. 

Many western media organizations focus on terrorism and unrest. And China's domestic media gives it an image of the fastest growing, opening, and harmonious, and one of the most beautiful places in the world. 

There is not only one true picture of Xinjiang. We are trying to provide true pictures. We've covered a wide range of topics, and have met people from different ethnic groups.

In the final episode, CCTV reporter Han Bin wraps up his journey, and provides his perspective, through the camera lens and his interviews.

A region of magical landscapes. A land of contrasts and charm. With rarely seen places, and untold stories - China's northwestern frontier –Xinjiang

Our journey took us across a sixth of China's land mass. It's China's new frontier in many ways: --protecting tradition amid modernization.

Rustam Abudueni said, "Living in the Old City gives my spirit freedom to soar."

Abdulla Qasimu said, "I have no skills other than herding."

Zaynura Arken, "I want rural students to enjoy the same rights to education."

"I hope believers treat others like family members," said Abdukerim Mamut, Imam,Id Kah Mosque, Bachu.

Uxurhan Wali said, "I only got word of his death 3 days after the attacks."

Adil Abdurahman said, "Tacheng's border trade will regain its past glory."

Xing Rui said, "'Homeland' isn't just the dozen square meters of your house."

Xinjiang's complexity defies any simple answer. Everywhere we go went, we met extraordinary people. They love their traditions.

Zibidehan Subi said, "Conditions are harsh, but that's the life of nomads. It just like the 5 fingers cannot be the same."

Aby Johmubay said, "I really don't know whether their nomadic life can continue. The grazing farm is getting smaller with tourism."

They seek a better life. Ehye Bahar said, "I have my dreams and grandpa has his. I would love to, even to go abroad to see."

Kutubek Mukash said, "Many people feel that tradition is on the verge of extinction. I don't want to see them being lost, but I know that day will come."

They each live in their own way. A-Mac Adil said, "I use hip hop to show the other side of Uyghurs."

Almas Polat said, "It's not difficult for changes to happen. As long as you want to make changes, and as long as you have made the changes."

They have their own dreams.

Abdukerim Mamut said, "If I am still alive next year, I will do my work even better."

Erhanat Emmamjan said, "I want to win an international championship."

Li Tianchong said, "I hope our wine can finally enter international markets."

Yan Xi said, "We need to protect the remaining wetlands."

Askar Mollahun said, "I hope to best preserve the traditional neighborhoods and architecture."

Ye Mei said, "My hands can help keep the pieces of history. This is my greatest job."

Alim Adil said, "My dream is to become the link between Atlas and the world."

Josh Summers said, "There's so much that I haven't seen here. I'm going to keep exploring."

Everywhere you can feel the rhythm of change. There's no one picture of Xinjiang. Its image is largely decided by how you see it and by whom you talk to. And Xinjiang keeps changing.

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