From Kazakhstan Encyclopedia
Kurban Tulum (Template:Zh, 1883 - May 26, 1975), also called Uncle Kurban (Template:Zh), was a Uyghur who lived in Keriya (Template:Zh) ), Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, China. He is treated by the Communist Party of China as a symbol of unity with the Uyghurs.
He is said to have visited Urumuqi, the political center of Xinjiang, by riding a donkey, to show his appreciation of the People's Liberation Army's role in the liberation of his area, was herded to Beijing by airplane, and met Mao Zedong on June 28, 1958. Today, the monuments of his shaking hands with Chairman Mao stand at the center of Keriya and in Unity Square of Hotan, the center of his area.
As a propaganda, a song "Where Are You Going, Uncle Kurban?" (Template:Zh) was later made and a film "Uncle Kurban Visits Beijing" (Template:Zh) was made in 2002. He is a well-known figure in China as his name also appears in the school textbooks.