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  • Fasting or not, Uygurs show guests a good time
    2017-06-27    source:Chinadaily    author:

    Kashgar residents dance in one of the city's public squares. ZOU HONG/CHINA DAILY

    Ramadan tests self-discipline of Muslims in Kashgar, but provides a festival atmosphere for tourists

    Turdigul Ali sat staring up at a clock hanging on a wall in her brother's house in Kashgar, Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, on June 12. She was waiting for it to reach 10:30 pm, so she could perform a short prayer and bring an end to her daylong fast.

    It was something the 35-year-old Muslim had repeated every day since May 27 during Ramadan-a holy month of fasting observed by some Muslims. Those who fast are not allowed to consume any form of food or beverage during daylight hours. The end of Ramadan will be marked in Xinjiang by the festival of fast-breaking on Monday.

    Turdigul's brother's house sits on the edge of a 40-meter-tall loess platform and overlooks the Tuman River.

    Women wear colorful scarves in the old town of Kashgar. ZOU HONG/CHINA DAILY

    It is a traditional Uygur residential area known as the high platform neighborhood, which has a history of more than 1,000 years and is a landmark of Kashgar's old town that currently has more than 220,000 residents. Most of them are Uygurs and a large number are Muslim.

    The loess, which formed the platform, is also the raw material Turdigul's brother, Aniwar Ali, who is a pottery craftsman, uses to make traditional Uygur bowls and jugs, which are popular among tourists.

    Although the 50-year-old doesn't work at his kiln during Ramadan, his business is as popular as always.