"Altay" is one of the documentary projects which were realized at Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China in 2011. The photographs were taken at Altay City, Habahe, Burjin, Qinghe of Altay Region of Xinjiang where is a important part of ancestral land of Turks, thousands years ago.
This geographical region has many ethnic groups such as mainly Uygur, Kazak Mongolian, Han and Hui. The major religions are Islam and Shamanism still has considerable influence among some ethnic groups.
'Altay' in Mongolian and Turkic means 'Gold Mountain', since Altay Mountain has been a producer of gold since ancient times, and 84 other ferrous and non-ferrous minerals have been found in Altay Prefecture.
In my this last project (2011), specially I wished to touch human being amongst the wonderful ethnic wealth of China.
© Tahir Ün