"With an estimated Muslim population of 23 million, China has more followers of Islam than many Arab countries. Roughly half of them live in Xinjiang, where a cycle of violence and government repression has alarmed human rights advocates. But in the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, the official heartland of China's Hui Muslim community, that kind of strife is almost nonexistent, as are limitations on religion. In Hui strongholds like Linxia, a city in Gansu known as China's "Little Mecca," there are mosques on every other block and women can sometimes be seen with veils, a sartorial choice that can lead to detention in Xinjiang. @adamjdean photographed a Hui #shepherd driving sheep back to his home near Dayuanding village in Linxia." By nytimes on Instagram.
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