Traveling Xinjiang: “My pregnant friends completely disappear”


At the beginning of July, 2016, I make my way to Xinjiang in China’s Far West 28 weeks pregnant. I plan to travel around Xinjiang solo with bump for two weeks.

traveling pregnant to Xinjiang

It takes me 2 1/2 days by train to get to Turpan in Xinjiang. A young Chinese woman from Aksu says: “You are so brave. My Chinese friends who have become pregnant completely disappear. They only stay at home sleeping and eating all day long. They don’t even use the computer or pick up the phone because they are afraid the radiation will hurt the unborn child!”

Have you encountered a similar problem with pregnant friends? I’d love to hear your stories.

On a side note: It has been quite a while since I’ve published conversations with locals in China on a more regular basis. Traveling to Xinjiang has provided me with the chance to have and write up quite a few new conversations, make sure to come back for more!


Hi, I'm Ruth, welcome to China Elevator Stories! I have been living in Kunming and Shenzhen in the past and am now staying in Northeast China with my Chinese husband and our baby and toddler son. Join us on our journey bridging worlds!


  1. Mary Weibling

    Congratulations on the increase of your family. You must be feeling well in your adventures. I think years ago women were compelled to stay out of the limelight because pregnancy was not spoken of out loud.

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  3. Well, I’d get hiding out at home if I were pregnant and lived in Florida, South America, or Central America right now. I’d be terrified of Zika.

    But I can’t imagine hiding at home for 9 months. Bring on the mosquito repellant.

  4. Wow I’m really impressed you’re solo traveling 28 weeks pregnant! You’re such an inspiration! And to SUCH a cool place…!!! Can’t wait to see more photos of your trip!

    I haven’t had many friends pregnant yet, but last time I went to the beach I saw so many pregnant women in bikinis. I think in America a ’embrace the beauty of your pregnancy’ type of movement is going on, so more women are out and about and struttin the bump?

    I know Chinese women are superstitious about pregnancy… Some of the zuo yuezi traditions really frighten me!

    • I definitely enjoyed solo traveling a last time before this baby pops out, getting a good night’s sleep was also a plus, and I don’t regret going at all. But it’s still important to listen to your body, I wouldn’t have felt fit enough to go travel at 28 weeks during my first pregnancy. I felt like going to the beach a lot during this pregnancy (but didn’t), taking a dip in the ocean sounds very tempting too! Yeah, some of the traditions can be a bit too much, too restricting imo.

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