Taken on a rug-buying expedition to western China in 1982, in what is now the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, gave me my first glimpse of China, along with the several days I spent in Beijing when tourists were still not very common. I visited again in 1985 and again in 2000, doing photographs for Plan international at their sites near Beijing (Yan Quin) and Yulin, near Xian, where we were the only westerners visiting.