Historical photos of 56 nations in China (Part I)

Updated: 2015-05-04 07:00

By Yu Xiaoou(Chinaculture.org)

Historical photos of 56 nations in China (Part I)

A photo of Uygur dance, taken by Ru Suichu in 1980. [Photo/ China Photographers Association]

Uygur ethnic group

The Uygur people, inhabiting Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, have a profound history of more than 2,000 years. Historical records indicate that Uygur people had strong trade and communication links with a variety of middle Asian countries and other ethnic groups of China. They work mainly in agriculture though they are famous for handicrafts. They are renowned for their abilities in processing gold, gem, silk and leather goods.

The staple food is nang, noodles and Zhuafan. Nang is a kind of crisp baked pie, usually eaten with tea. Popular drinks include tea, milk tea and oil tea. Various fruits, mutton and beef are also favorites.