Automotive Guide To Everything http://automotiveguideto.com All things about automotive Mon, 26 Jun 2017 19:51:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 22 comidas de fast-food americanas que não deixam nada a desejar http://automotiveguideto.com/awesome/22-comidas-de-fast-food-americanas-que-nao-deixam-nada-a-desejar/ http://automotiveguideto.com/awesome/22-comidas-de-fast-food-americanas-que-nao-deixam-nada-a-desejar/#respond Mon, 26 Jun 2017 19:51:49 +0000 http://buzzfeed.com/erinchack/22-comidas-de-fast-food-americanas-que-nao-deixam 1. Sundae de Bacon do Burger King View this image › usatoday30.usatoday.com Terra dos livres, casa do sundae de sorvete baseado em carne. 2. Double Down do KFC View this image › s24.theawl.com Quem tem tempo para pão? Os Americanos não! 3. Doritos Locos Tacos do Taco Bell View this image › fastcompany.com Porque o […]

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1. Sundae de Bacon do Burger King

Terra dos livres, casa do sundae de sorvete baseado em carne.

2. Double Down do KFC

Quem tem tempo para pão? Os Americanos não!

3. Doritos Locos Tacos do Taco Bell

Porque o quê acontece se você quiser tacos E salgadinhos? Nossos antecessores não lutaram para você comê-los separados!

4. Sanduíche de Rosquinha Glaceada de Café Da Manhã do Dunkin’ Donuts

As rosquinhas não estão fazendo o seu trabalho se elas não tiverem ingredientes de café-da-manhã prensados entre elas.

5. Burrito de Nacho com Bife do Taco Bell

Sódio não é um direito, é um privilégio.

6. Pizzabon do Cinnabon

Quem disse que pizza não pode vir em um pão doce de canela? Terroristas, eles que disseram.

7. Mountain Dew da Manhã do Taco Bell

Os europeus podem ficar com o café deles. Nós temos MOUNTAIN DEW-MOSAS.

8. Fry Lovers Burger do Checkers/Rally

O quê, você espera que eu mesmo coloque as batatas fritas no meu hambúrguer? Eu prefiro pagar alguém para fazer isso por mim.

9. Pizza Ultra Recheada da Pizza Hut

Não é americano até que seja de arrebentar as costuras.

10. Memphis Burger do Carl’s Jr.

Carne sobre carne é a única maneira de comer carne.

11. Cheesecake com Cobertura de Chocolate no Palito do White Castle

Garfos são para fascistas.

12. Pizza de Pão de Alho da Pizza Hut

Eu tenho quase certeza de que isso é simplesmente chamado de pizza, mas na América você está livre para chamá-la do que você bem entender!

13. Nachos de Chocolate do El Pollo Loco

“Nachos são legais e tudo mas não seria melhor se eles fossem uma SOBREMESA?” — Ben Franklin.

14. Anéis de Frango do White Castle

Isso é um desenvolvimento importante para o frango frito: agora é menos provável que você engasgue se você enfiar esses anéis goela abaixo. Você sabe, porque eles têm buracos…

15. Queijo-Quente Grelhado com Hambúrguer do Friendly’s

Você já sentiu tanta fome que você pensou, “Cara, eu poderia comer, tipo, dois queijos-quentes E um hambúrguer”? Não? O quê, você é francês?

16. Milk Shake de Bacon do Jack-in-the-Box

Se você é muito preguiçoso para comer bacon, agora você pode sugá-lo com um canudo como Deus planejou.

17. Hambúrguer de Churrasco Recheado do Burger King

Queijo DENTRO do hambúrguer porque… CIÊNCIA, É CLARO!

18. Tigela de Pão de Massa do Domino’s

CARBOCARBOCARBOIDRATOS! Desse jeito nós teremos mais energia para a LIBERDADE!

19. Wrap de Queijo e Chili com Toucinho do Sonic

O quê, você espera que eu coma meu wrap de queijo e chili SEM toucinho como um maldito Neanderthal?

20. Panquecas de Salsichas Picadas do Dunkin’ Donuts

É bom que isso venha com uma piscina de calda, caso contrário, qual é o sentido?

21. Queijo Frito e Derretido do Denny’s

Queijo grelhado é legal e tudo, mas ele é GRELHADO. Dessa forma, você pode comer um queijo grelhado sem sacrificar o incrível fator da fritura.

22. Famosa Tigela do KFC

Isso elimina desperdício uma vez que reúne toda a refeição em apenas uma tigela. É por isso que ela é chamada de “Famosa Tigela”. Ela está literalmente salvando o meio ambiente. De nada, Mundo.

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Kashmir: seven die after cable car falls 30m in tourist town http://automotiveguideto.com/trending/kashmir-seven-die-after-cable-car-falls-30m-in-tourist-town/ Mon, 26 Jun 2017 07:43:06 +0000 http://automotiveguideto.com/?p=10665 Gusty winds in Gulmarg uproot a huge pine tree that hits the cable of the coach, bringing it down to the ground Four Indian tourists and three local residents died when a cable car came crashing down from a height of at least 30 meters (100ft) in a tourist town in the Indian portion of […]

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Gusty winds in Gulmarg uproot a huge pine tree that hits the cable of the coach, bringing it down to the ground

Four Indian tourists and three local residents died when a cable car came crashing down from a height of at least 30 meters (100ft) in a tourist town in the Indian portion of Kashmir.

Four other people were injured in the accident in the resort town of Gulmarg, said senior police officer Imtiyaz Hussain. One of the injured was in a critical condition.

Hussain said gusty winds in the area uprooted a pine tree that hit the cable, bringing it down to the ground.

The dead included a New Delhi couple and their two children, Hussain said. The three local residents who died included two tourist guides.

Authorities have restored the cable and rescued around 100 people who were stranded in the cable cars, Hussain said. They were also scouring the nearby forest area for any tourists who may have fallen there.

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Indian army soldiers walk back after a rescue mission in Gulmarg. Photograph: Dar Yasin/AP

The accident was the first since the cable cars were installed 18 years ago, Hussain said.

The cable cars carry tourists in the Pirpanjal mountain range in the western Himalayas. Gulmarg is a popular skiing destination for both Indian and foreign tourists, though the accident happened during the summer tourist season.

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China’s First Moon Rover Blasts Off http://automotiveguideto.com/awesome/chinas-first-moon-rover-blasts-off/ http://automotiveguideto.com/awesome/chinas-first-moon-rover-blasts-off/#respond Sun, 25 Jun 2017 19:51:55 +0000 http://buzzfeed.com/mbvd/chinas-first-moon-rover-mission-blasts-off View this image › The Long March-3B rocket carrying the Chang’e-3 lunar probe blasts off from the launch pad at Xichang Satellite Launch Center, Sichuan province December 2, 2013. China Daily / Reuters China’s Long March-3B rocket blasted off Monday at 1:30 a.m. reports the Associated Press. The lunar rover it is carrying is scheduled […]

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The Long March-3B rocket carrying the Chang’e-3 lunar probe blasts off from the launch pad at Xichang Satellite Launch Center, Sichuan province December 2, 2013. China Daily / Reuters

China’s Long March-3B rocket blasted off Monday at 1:30 a.m. reports the Associated Press. The lunar rover it is carrying is scheduled to arrive on the moon in mid-December to survey and transmit images.

“We will strive for our space dream as part of the Chinese dream of national rejuvenation,” Zhang Zhenzhong, the launch center’s director, said after the successful start.

If the Long March-3B rocket’s Chang’e 3 rover makes a soft-landing on the moon, China will only be the third country to do so, after the U.S. and the former Soviet Union.

In 2003 China became the third country to independently send a person into space in, and in 2007 a Chinese craft collected data while it orbited the moon before intentionally crash-landing.

Chinese officials aim to make space travel a major priority for the country and have discussed the possibility of sending a human to the moon some time after 2020.

The Long March 3B rocket is seen docked at the launch pad at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Liangshan, Sichuan province December 1, 2013. China Stringer Network / Reuters

The Long March 3B rocket carrying the Chang’e-3 lunar probe blasts off from the launch pad at Xichang Satellite Launch Center, southwest China’s Sichuan Province, Monday.

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Toyota CH-R car review: The most over-designed vehicle Ive come across http://automotiveguideto.com/trending/toyota-ch-r-car-review-the-most-over-designed-vehicle-ive-come-across/ Sun, 25 Jun 2017 07:52:29 +0000 http://automotiveguideto.com/?p=10660 No door handle is in a regular place, no window is a regular shape Really, though, why do you want a small family SUV? Whats wrong with a regular family saloon or, for anyone without a big hobby, a hot hatch? Is it like that thing where you do an MA because nobodys impressed by […]

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No door handle is in a regular place, no window is a regular shape

Really, though, why do you want a small family SUV? Whats wrong with a regular family saloon or, for anyone without a big hobby, a hot hatch? Is it like that thing where you do an MA because nobodys impressed by a degree any more, and then you end up knowing a ton about French feminism for no reason? Im not being anti-intellectual. Im not even being anti-SUV. Im just being very slightly sceptical about the Toyota CH-R.

This is the most over-designed vehicle Ive ever come across: the dash is fancy with diamond patterns, the body work is lousy with pointy bits, no door handle is in a regular place, no window is a regular shape if it can be segmented. Nobody knows why they want their windows to look like insects, or why the back end has to be modelled on an 80s film about a flying boat (which doesnt exist; stop Googling). I guess you could always ask, but that would seem discourteous, like asking someone if their hair is meant to be that colour. All of this plays merry havoc with the rear visibility. This was not the car on which to test the proposition nobody really needs a parking camera; simple intelligent park assist (unmelodious, constant beeping) will do just fine.

There is a hybrid option, which gives it a dazzling, below 90g/km carbon emission, but in the regular 1.2 petrol engine that I was driving, the mileage was unremarkable. Its light and zippy, and the steering is trustworthy, but again, if thats the kind of thing youre into, why did you buy this kind of car? A Golf will go like shit off a shovel. I guess you might want boot space. There is space in this boot. You wouldnt want to put a filing cabinet or a pair of spaniels in it, but you wouldnt be cursing the gods for your second child when you went on holiday.

Its pretty quiet and smooth in town, but on the motorway it feels thin: theres a lot of ambient wind noise, a bit of whine in the higher gears; space and visibility in the back are constrained enough that any journey over half an hour results in passenger claustrophobia.

Seriously, all this for the dignity of being able to step up into the car rather than just in, and a slightly higher ride than others on the road, who are laughing at you anyway because of your spoiler. Id rather choose simple, humble and low-slung. Small, budget-ish SUVs are ugly by nature (oh my God, the Nissan Juke!) but this one makes a feature of it.

Toyota CH-R: in numbers

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Price 27,705
Top speed 118mph
Acceleration 0 to 62mph in 10.9 seconds
CO2 emissions 136g/km
Combined mileage 47.1mpg
Cool rating 4/10
Eco rating 7/10

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Hull Is Officially Named The UK’s 2017 City Of Culture http://automotiveguideto.com/awesome/hull-is-officially-named-the-uks-2017-city-of-culture/ http://automotiveguideto.com/awesome/hull-is-officially-named-the-uks-2017-city-of-culture/#respond Sat, 24 Jun 2017 19:51:49 +0000 http://buzzfeed.com/catesevilla/hull-is-officially-named-the-uks-2017-city-of-culture View this image › shutterstock.com It’s been announced that the city of Hull has beat out Dundee, Leicester and Swansea to become the 2017 City of Culture. The current City of Culture is Derry-Londonderry, and every four years the government chooses a new city to be the City of Culture to help tourism and economy. […]

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It’s been announced that the city of Hull has beat out Dundee, Leicester and Swansea to become the 2017 City of Culture.

The current City of Culture is Derry-Londonderry, and every four years the government chooses a new city to be the City of Culture to help tourism and economy. The title was created by ministers to try and replicate the success of Liverpool as the European Capital of Culture in 2008.

Here is Hull’s compelling “This City Belongs To Everyone” video:

TV producer Phil Redmond, who chaired the advisory panel that helped choose the winner, said of their choice that “ultimately it was the unanimous verdict of the panel that Hull put forward the most compelling case based on its theme as ‘a city coming out of the shadows’.”

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World’s Funniest Car Commercials (Pt 1) – From The Auto… http://automotiveguideto.com/videos/worlds-funniest-car-commercials-pt-1-from-the-auto/ http://automotiveguideto.com/videos/worlds-funniest-car-commercials-pt-1-from-the-auto/#respond Sat, 24 Jun 2017 17:27:50 +0000 http://automotiveguideto.com/?p=9470 For the most complete information about all cars and trucks visit . We've put together some of the world's funniest car and auto-related television commercials from a variety of sources, including funnyplace.org and viralx.com. We hope you enjoy them.

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Bali bombing: Guantnamo inmate Hambali charged over 2002 attack http://automotiveguideto.com/trending/bali-bombing-guantnamo-inmate-hambali-charged-over-2002-attack/ Sat, 24 Jun 2017 07:53:20 +0000 http://automotiveguideto.com/?p=10653 Indonesian faces military trial for twin bombings that killed 202 people including 88 Australians and seven Americans, as well as 2003 Marriott bomb A US war court has charged an Indonesian detainee at Guantnamo Bay in connection with the captured in Bangkok in 2003, in a joint operation by the CIA and Thai police. Last […]

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Indonesian faces military trial for twin bombings that killed 202 people including 88 Australians and seven Americans, as well as 2003 Marriott bomb

A US war court has charged an Indonesian detainee at Guantnamo Bay in connection with the 2002 bombing in Bali that marked Indonesias deadliest terror strike, according to court documents obtained by the Associated Press.

The detainee known as Hambali also was charged in connection with an attack on the JW Marriott in Jakarta in 2003. According to rules of the US military commission, a military court will later decide whether a trial will be held.

The 12 October 2002 Bali resort island attacks killed 202 people including 88 Australians and seven Americans. A suicide bomber blew himself up inside a nightclub jammed with tourists at a popular beach, killing many instantly and forcing others to run outside. Another suicide bomber detonated a massive bomb loaded in a car parked on the street in front of two clubs.

In the second bombing on 5 August 2003 the JW Marriott Hotel was targeted because the building was conducive to the type of bomb being constructed. The perpetrators believed there would be a large American presence at the hotel and they believed it would have the biggest overall impact, the charging documents said. The attack killed 12 people and wounded 150.

Hambali was captured in Bangkok in 2003, in a joint operation by the CIA and Thai police.

Last year a US government review board rejected the release of Hambali, saying he continued to be a significant threat to the security of the United States. Hambali, whose real name is Encep Nurjaman, appeared before the board in August by video link seeking his release after being held for 10 years at the base without charge.

The Pentagon described him in a profile released ahead of the hearing as a leader of a south-east Asia based extremist group known as Jemaah Islamiyah. Hambali also is alleged to have had links to al-Qaida.

Hambali has been charged with murder and attempted murder in violation of the law of war; intentionally causing serious bodily injury; terrorism; attacking civilians; and related charges.

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Ray Villafane Zombie Pumpkins at NYBG (Picture Gallery + Video) http://automotiveguideto.com/awesome/ray-villafane-zombie-pumpkins-at-nybg-picture-gallery-video/ http://automotiveguideto.com/awesome/ray-villafane-zombie-pumpkins-at-nybg-picture-gallery-video/#respond Fri, 23 Jun 2017 19:52:27 +0000 http://dailypicksandflicks.com/2012/10/24/ray-villafane-zombie-pumpkins-at-nybg-picture-gallery-video/ Artist Ray Villafane and his team carved these amazing zombie pumpkins at the New York Botanical Garden as part of the Haunted Pumpkin Garden exhibit for Halloween. One of the pumpkins they used weighed more than 1800 pounds! © VillafaneStudios © VillafaneStudios © Jeffrey Scott Villafane © Jeffrey Scott Villafane © Jeffrey Scott Villafane © […]

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Artist Ray Villafane and his team carved these amazing zombie pumpkins at the New York Botanical Garden as part of the Haunted Pumpkin Garden exhibit for Halloween. One of the pumpkins they used weighed more than 1800 pounds!

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During a trip through Chinas violence-plagued Xinjiang, the Guardian witnesses a dramatic security surge as Communist party fights to pacify region

It was Friday, the Islamic day of assembly, but outside Kashgars Id Kah mosque on Liberation Avenue it was the growl of diesel engines that filled the air not a muezzins wistful cry.

One by one armoured personnel carriers, some with machine guns poking from their turrets, rolled towards Peoples Square where a 12-metre statue of Mao Zedong was preparing to preside over the latest in a series of tub-thumping anti-terror rallies to be held here in the heartlands of Chinas Muslim Uighur minority this year.

Open-backed lorries packed with heavily-armed troops joined the procession, red and yellow propaganda banners draped from their sides.

Unity and stability are blessings! Separatism and unrest are a curse! read one.

A second warned: Let all those terrorists who dare to be enemies of the people be smashed to pieces!

To ensure the march went off without a glitch, police had placed this entire city of about half a million inhabitants on lock down. All the roads are blocked, said a black-clad officer who was posted outside the mosque with a 12 gauge shotgun slung across his chest.

The mass rally, witnessed by the Guardian at the end of April, came as a long-running crackdown in Chinas violence-stricken far west hit draconian new heights.

Three days earlier thousands of armed troops had swept onto the streets of Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang, where, according to one local newspaper, they vowed to sacrifice everything for the party and the people in their fight against the Islamic extremists Beijing blames for a series of attacks on government officials and civilians.

Please rest assured, my fellow countrymen, that I will … crack down on the arrogance of those violent gangs and terrorists so they are left with no road to go down and no place to hide, one participant told reporters.

A week before, more than 1,000 troops flooded Aksu, a city in Xinjiangs south, for a three-day show of strength. Suddenly a siren rang out and vehicles shot out onto the streets like swords being drawn from their sheaths, read an account of the event by one local propaganda writer.

The perfect police state

The parades are part of a wider security escalation that has gripped Chinas western frontier since Chen Quanguo, a Communist party hardliner who Beijing credits with quelling a wave of unrest in Tibet, was drafted into Xinjiang last summer.

Adrian Zenz, a researcher who has studied the securitisation of both politically sensitive regions, said Chinas leaders believed Chen had managed to contain a surge in self-immolations in the Tibet Autonomous Region, using a series of innovative and repressive policies such as high-tech surveillance and the introduction of tight social controls.

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Police patrolling the Old Town in Kashgar, a 2,000-year-old oasis city in Chinas far west. Photograph: Tom Phillips for the Guardian

Now, they hoped he could do the same in Xinjiang, a vast and resource-rich borderland that has endured decades of bloodshed including anti-government uprisings, ethnic rioting and, more recently, terrorist attacks targeting civilians. Im sure he has been sent there to pacify Xinjiang, said Zenz, from Germanys European School of Culture and Theology.

Chen has wasted no time in putting his controversial ideas into practice. Since he became Xinjiangs party chief last August thousands of security operatives, ranging from elite special forces to poorly trained rookies, have been deployed onto the streets of villages, towns and cities. Many are low-level surveillance officers tasked with keeping tabs on the regions 23m inhabitants and above all members of the 10m-strong Uighur minority.

Zenz said the recruitment of security staff in Xinjiang had gone absolutely through the roof under Chens rule. In the first five months of this year, 31,000 such jobs were advertised – more than the entire total between 2008 and 2012. Last year a record 32,000 security agents were hired.

[It is] almost like in the old East Germany, Zenz said. The perfect police state.

What are they going to do? Start a war?

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A shopkeeper comes into the street brandishing a metal pole during a regular anti-terror drill in Tashkurga, Xinjiang. Photograph: Tom Phillips for the Guardian

During a week-long road trip through southern Xinjiang, the Guardian saw first-hand how the unfolding security surge was affecting life across the region.

In a village near Upal, a Uighur market town 50km south of Kashgar, members of one local militia lined up in the main square, wielding 5ft metal rods, for what are now daily security drills. Nearby, the white and green armoured personnel carriers of Chinas paramilitary Peoples Armed Police raced past, along a corridor of white poplars. I havent seen so many roadblocks since the last time I was in Hebron, said a European traveller who had come to the region in search of the ancient Silk Road but had instead stumbled across scenes from a conflict zone.

Further south in Tashkurgan, a town on the border with Pakistan, an alarm sounded and shopkeepers rushed into the street brandishing poles and clubs. At a local hotel, the receptionist greeted guests in a black stab jacket; a medieval-style cudgel, spikes soldered into its tip, was propped up against the entrance near a metal detector.

Down the road another drill was underway with police training local men and women to bludgeon imaginary assailants with an arsenal of improvised hand-held weapons. One, two, three, the group shouted in unison, pummeling their invisible targets on the final count.

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Weapons at the entrance to a hotel in Tashkurgan. Photograph: Tom Phillips for the Guardian

The effects of Chens surge are also impossible to miss in Kasghar itself, a 2,000-year-old Silk Road oasis town where petrol stations, considered possible targets, now resemble prisons, with vehicles only allowed through their razor-wire perimeters one at a time.

By night the city lights up like a flickering disco ball as hundreds of newly built police strongholds, positioned at almost every intersection, illuminate the darkness with their red and blue glow.

As the sun rises, guards with clubs that resemble giant rolling pins and halberd-style spears assemble outside schools, shops and government buildings. Surveillance vehicles cruise the streets and troops with assault rifles man checkpoints on the outskirts of town, searching boots and demanding documents from commuters who are ordered off yellow city buses. It is almost impossible to walk without running into a security agent of some description.

Its extreme now, sighed one local, who said they were shocked by the scale of the recent parades. What are they going to do? Start a war?

The crackdown has been accompanied by a ratcheting up of controls on religion in a place where it was already forbidden for under-18s to enter mosques, to broadcast calls to prayer or make unauthorised pilgrimages to Mecca.

This year there have been reports of authorities forbidding Islamic names such as Islam, Muhammad or Mecca, outlawing face veils and abnormal beards and even ordering imams to praise Chinese President Xi Jinping during religious services.

At Kashgars Id Kah mosque – where the pro-Beijing imam was stabbed to death in the summer of 2014 – worshippers file out through an arch fitted with at least six CCTV cameras. A nearby sign in English for tourists reads: All ethnic groups warmly welcome the partys religious policy … All ethnic groups live friendly together here.

Social controls have also been stepped since Chen took office with some citizens have reportedly being told to surrender their passports to police while others have been instructed to install GPS tracking devices in their vehicles. There are plans for the mass collection of DNA samples a move human rights campaigners lamented as a sign Beijing was taking its Orwellian system to the genetic level.

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CCTV cameras at Kashgars Id Kah mosque. Worshippers are filmed by at least six CCTV cameras as they enter and leave. Photograph: Tom Phillips for the Guardian

I would prefer to be a Syrian refugee

Daily life in Xinjiang goes on in spite of the crackdown. Its like this every day. Its normal, shrugged one Kashgar resident as a convoy of armoured vehicles sped by. But the tightening has pushed others to breaking point. Fighting back the tears, one young Uighur clutched this reporters arm as they described their growing despair at the repression and hope – one day – of fleeing overseas.

I would prefer to be a Syrian refugee than Chinese, they said, their hands trembling. This is hell for me.

Another resident captured the almost universal fear of discussing, let alone questioning, the changes sweeping the region. The system is very tight, so we must be careful. In 2014, Ilham Tohti, a Uighur intellectual known for his moderate public criticism of Beijings policies in the region, was jailed for life for separatism.

Nick Holdstock, a British author who has written two books on Xinjiang, cautioned against lumping all Uighurs together as members of an entirely down-trodden, oppressed minority. On some level things are getting better in Xinjiang. The infrastructure is improving. Its economy is quite healthy.

But Holdstock said the outlook for Uighurs had grown increasingly bleak over the last three decades, with cultural and religious controls ramping up after a succession of now-notorious outbreaks of ethnic violence in 1990, 1997 and 2009.

There is no sense in [the governments] minds that anything that they are doing is necessarily part of the problem. It is the sense that the more troops you can have, the more security checkpoints, then that is the way to keep going.Wang Hongwei, a national security expert at Beijings Renmin University, said the high-pressure crackdown was designed to intimidate Islamist militants who threatened Chinas national and political systems. They are like millipedes whose bodies keep wriggling even when they are being cut into pieces, Wang said, claiming there was nothing excessive at all about the recent mass parades.

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On Liberation Avenue, outside Kashgars Id Kah mosque, Uighur men watch security forces file past for the citys latest mass anti-terror rally Photograph: Tom Phillips for the Guardian

Authorities defend the tightening as a necessary offensive against extremists they blame for a series of horrific attacks on civilians, such as a machete attack on a train station in Kunming and a bombing in Urumqi.

But many experts – who believe much of the violence is fuelled not by religious extremism but economic exclusion, government meddling and the erosion of Uighur culture and traditions – fear clamping down further will only breed more resentment and bloodshed.

I think they are going at the flies with a sledgehammer, said one western Xinjiang scholar who asked not to be named for fear of not being allowed back into the country.

Zenz meanwhile warns the current policy by Beijing could inflame rather than extinguish anti-government anger.

Xinjiang is a powder-keg much more so than Tibet, he said The combination of securitisation and crackdown on normal religious practise is an absolute recipe for disaster … This is absolutely a ticking time-bomb.

Additional reporting by Wang Zhen

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1. Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express

This train is truly epic. It’s the world’s longest rail journey, spanning more than 6,000 miles, two continents and eight time zones.

Here’s the ornate lounge car, where you can grab a drink and listen to the on-board pianist. As the train’s social hub, it really doesn’t have official closing hours.

2. The Royal Scotsman

Ride the rails through the Highlands of Scotland.

Check out this observation car.

Even the private cabins have their own Edwardian elegance.

3. The Glacier Express

Travel through the Swiss Alps.

4. Rovos Rail

Explore South Africa by train. Here, the Pride of Africa travels over Victoria Falls Bridge.

High tea in the lounge car.

This royal suite is enormous!

You definitely won’t be showering over the toilet on this train.

5. Hiram Bingham

Named for the explorer who introduced Manchu Picchu to the Western world, this 1920’s Pullman-style luxury train runs between Cuzco and Machu Picchu along the dramatic valley of the Urubamba River.

Music in the observation car.

6. Venice Simplon Orient Express

This art deco train travels from London to Venice or Venice to Stockholm.

7. The Ghan

Travel across Australia on The Ghan.

The retro-Edwardian dining car has panoramic views.

8. The Blue Train

Go from Pretoria to Cape Town, South Africa.

Imagine holding a business conference here.

9. Eastern & Oriental Express

Take in the views of Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and Laos.

10. Royal Canadian Pacific

11. Palace on Wheels

This luxury tourist train was launched by the Indian Railways to promote tourism in Rajasthan.

There are 14 coaches, each named after former Rajput states and decorated to match those royal palaces.

12. Napa Valley Train

Check out California’s wine country by rail.

13. Al Andalus

What a way to see Southern Spain! The recently restored railway carriages were built in France between 1929 and 1930.

14. Alaska Railroad’s Coastal Classic

15. Danube Express

The journey across Eastern Europe is incredibly romantic. This private train once belonged to a Hungarian prime minister who was afraid of flying.

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