I lived in Xinjiang for a semester, and it is WONDERFUL! I'm sure some of the wonders are similar to those of other countries in Central Asia.... but still. I haven't been to the other two places, but Turpan is really cool.
So cool, Chelsea. We're having a hard time figuring out a good way to live there. And it probably doesn't help that my husband speaks Uyghur.What I really want to do is go all over western China by train and bike. The rest of the family thinks that's a bit much, so maybe I'll do it by myself someday.