Forget privacy.

Chinese authorities here want to know what you eat and when you eat it. How you style your hair, how you dress, and what songs are on your iPad or smartphone.

Stung by a string of terrorist attacks by Uighurs, members of a Muslim minority who live in northwestern China's Xinjiang region, the Communist Party has stepped up an intrusive campaign against expressions of religious identity in the group.

Throughout Kashgar, a Silk Road city of 500,000 considered the heartland of the Uighurs, restrictions are enforced by closed-circuit cameras and an army of police and neighborhood patrols.

Extra restrictions apply to civil servants, a wide swath of the workforce defined to include teachers, students and employees of state-owned enterprises.

"They are always testing us. They have meetings that go into lunchtime," said a 32-year-old Kashgar municipal employee, who asked not to be named. "Some people call in sick the whole month so they are not forced to eat."