'Herding camels is hard, but I love it,' says Kazakh woman while relishing romantic life in Xinjiang

Ayden Erjan, 43, has been herding camels with her husband Aman Muhamet for 15 years in Fuhai County, Altay Prefecture in northwest China's Xinjiang Ughur Autonomous Region. Ayden hadn't seen a camel before and didn't know how to ride a horse or herd camels. After moving to Fuhai County following her marriage, she got to know camels and learned to milk them and ride motorcycles. The couple, both ethnic Kazakhs, started with two camels but now take care of around 150. "We herd camels every day and never have a day off," said Ayden. Although tending camels is exhausting, she loves it and the animals.

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