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Friday, October 2, 2015, 09:28

Snapshots of a rich heritage

By China Daily

The Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region has been a long-standing home to 13 ethnic groups. After the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949, and the establishment of the region in 1955, its people have witnessed tremendous progress both economically and socially. A series of photographs, chosen by China Daily, highlight just some aspects of the lives of the region's 22 million people.

Snapshots of a rich heritage

Kazakh villagers celebrate the Nowruz festival in Saerqiaoke township, in Xinjiang's Barkol Kazakh autonomous county, against a majestic backdrop. The annual festival is a holiday for Kazakh and Uygur ethnic groups and they mark it during the spring equinox, the beginning of the new year. (ZHANG JIANGANG / CHINA DAILY)

Snapshots of a rich heritage

Herdsmen of the Tajik ethnic group catch sheep in an event steeped in tradition to welcome spring in the Tashi Kuergan Tajik autonomous county in Xinjiang, on March 18. (JIANG WENYAO / XINHUA)

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