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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

Published Sun, Oct 5, 2014 · 09:50 PM

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 western region of Xinjiang to capture scenes like this one.

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