US-China Today takes a visual trip through Tibet and Xinjiang.

From the high peaks of Mt. Qomolangma to the low deserts of the Tarim Basin, the western provinces of Tibet and Xinjiang are home to an incredible array of cultures, people, and places. While Tibet has long held a special place in the Western imagination, the trading routes of the Silk Road have been an historical connection between distant societies for centuries. With Tibetan Buddhism an increasingly international religion, Xinjiang society is equally punctuated by an incredible mix of Uighur and Central Asian cultures, many of which are connected through a shared Islamic faith. While the political status of both regions remains a highly divisive issue, the sights, societies, and people of Tibet and Xinjiang will continue to captivate global attention.