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KIND-HEARTED, GENTLE, AMICABLE
HAPPY YEAR OF THE SHEEP
The Chinese Lunar calendar welcomes the Year of the Sheep (or Ram or Goat if you prefer) on February 19, 2015.

People born in the Year of the Sheep are said to be kind-hearted, gentle and amicable. Celebrate this year with family & friends, eat great food, and travel!

Along the Silk Road
In China's Northwestern Province of Xinjiang, which is the heart of The Silk Road, the ubiquitous fat-tail sheep fill the oases landscape around the Taklamakan Desert.

Each oases was once its own kingdom, serving as caravanserais for traders. Local bazaars still evoke a medieval ambiance today, where Uighurs, Kazaks, Khirgiz, Tadjiks and other local people gather to trade goods and share a meal.


Savoury Snacks
In Xinjiang, you will eat the most delicious kawap ~ lamb kebabs grilled with local cumin and chili, samsa ~ a pastry stuffed with fragrantly spiced lamb cooked in a clay oven, and polu ~ a rice dish with mutton and raisins.

Felt and Fabric
Local rugs made of felt from sheep's wool and hand-woven ikat fabrics, both with the motif of ram horns, are among the few traditional local handicrafts still being created in this region. 

Jade
One of the most desired types of Chinese jade is mutton-fat jade, so-called because it looks like the fat on a lamb chop.

It comes from the oasis of Khotan in Xinjiang, where high-quaility jade is still sourced and traded as it was centuries ago. 


CLICK HERE TO CONTACT US ABOUT CURATING YOUR YEAR OF THE SHEEP TRIP.
From pictogram to character, this is the evolution of the Chinese written form for sheep.

Pictured above: Kashgar's Sunday bazaar with fat-tail sheep (credit: France Pepper)

 


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