If not for the bilingual Arabic/Chinese signs, you would not know the city of Kashgar, Xinjiang province, is in China. Most of its citizens are Uighur, a Turkish-speaking Islamic people with a central Asian, rather than Chinese, culture. Tajik, Uzbek, Kyrgyz, and other nationalities are also common in the province. China contains about 90 ethnic minorities, most firmly within the Chinese zeitgeist. The Uighurs, and a few others, are considerably different, and visiting them is like leaving China behind.
One thing all Asian people have in common, it seems, is a rich street food tradition. The pungent smoke of sizzling kabobs is their best advertisement, so this Uighur vendor makes sure his smoke spreads well up and down the street.