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Xinjiang unrest takes heavy toll on tourism

First drop in 20 years in visitors to one of China's most exotic destinations

NORMALLY IDYLLIC: Chinese tourists come in groups to see the grasslands and Siberian forests in the north and desert oasis towns in the south, along the old Silk Road.

Kanas Lake, China

THE two amateur photographers stood on a hill overlooking the sparkling river in this remote alpine park, waiting for nomads to emerge from their white yurts and herd cows across a bridge.

The men, both age 60, were driving on a one-month road trip through the