Xinjiang internet celebrities share stories on local tourism, cultural heritage, refute West’s claims on forced labor

Salamat Kari (L). Photo: Zhu Xiaolei

Three internet celebrities from Northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region talked with international reporters from nine countries on tourism, cultural heritage preservation and rituals of ethnic groups in Xinjiang at a video meeting on Friday.

In Kashi, a local inn named “House of Guli” has become an internet hit recently for its ethnic-style decorations and many tourists come to Kashi for a visit and enjoy a cup of tea. Salamat Kari, who runs the inn attended the Friday online activity and showed international reporters her house. 

Salamat told reporters how she developed her inn by expanding its services, from having dancing shows to selling souvenirs as well as accommodation.

“There are 15 locals working in my inn and most of them are women. Aside from earning money, we can also help tourists to learn more about our culture, which is the part I am proud of the most,” Salamat said. 

Photo of Ayituna  Ablikim. Photo: Zhu Xiaolei

Ayituna Ablikim. Photo: Zhu Xiaolei

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