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Workdays in Xinjiang generally begin at 10 or 11 a.m. Not because its people are lazy; China’s westernmost region may share a rough longitude with Nepal, but it’s run according to Beijing time, meaning dawn and dusk arrive at peculiarly late hours. It’s a perpetual reminder that this is a land beholden to a faraway power.

Ringed by seven Central and South Asian nations, Xinjiang is an Alaska-sized territory of parched desert, snowcapped mountains and lush grasslands.

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