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Ravioli in Kashgar

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A February 2004 trip to Kashgar by SeenThat

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Quote: Timbuktu´s sister. A fabled place we all heard about, fewer of us can pinpoint it in a map and still fewer have visited it. In the cloudless, cold days of its winter, you can still see Marco Polo designing his recipe for the raviolis in a local restaurant.

Introducing Kashgar

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Lao Shandong Shuijiao Photo, Kashgar, China
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Timbuktu´s sister. A fabled place we all heard about, fewer of us can pinpoint it in a map and counted have visited it. In the cloudless, cold days of its winter, the traveller can still see Marco Polo designing his recipe for ravioli in a local restaurant.More than any other place I visited, Kashgar irradiated a strong alien feeling. The few Han Chinese there seem to be foreigners themselves. That wasn’t the result of its remote location – Urumqi w...Read More

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The Chinese Silk Road

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Bell Tower Photo, Xian, China
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Since immemorial times the Silk Road has been a perilous but essential trade rout. Spices and silk advanced in one direction while gold moved in the other. Our asphalted roads create a false mental image; the Silk Road resembles very little a road, it is more like a shallow river spread across a wide valley and featuring several streams.Even today most travelers would find themselves unable to cross several of the political barriers along it, while certain parts are extremely dangerous. The trade route is not in use anymore; instead, a cultural one was created. Few routes on earth offer such a rich and interesting cultural diversity. The eastern part of the Silk Road is within China and of...Read More

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Kashgar Sunday Market

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Attraction | "Kashgar’s Market"

Kashgar Sunday Market Photo, Kashgar, China
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"What am I doing here?" is a question I often find asking myself. False claims brought me to places like Bolivia, Santa Fe and Zurich; time and again I found myself standing in an overstated plaza asking myself: "What am I doing here?"Reaching an older KmartA few minutes after having left my comfortable train cabin I found myself – backpack and sleeping...Read More

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Kashgar Sunday Market

Kashgar, China

A Walk through Downtown Kashgar

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Mao Zedong Statue Photo, Kashgar, China
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Kashgar is a town asking to be explored at the slow pace of its own long history. Artisans cannot be forced to perform their industrious tricks according to the traveler’s schedule; the fabulous weekend market would not to populate itself for the sake of the traveler’s arrival on Monday. The Uyghur orchestra at the town’s main junction would not appear earlier today to allow the traveler to catch his train.Kashgar’s inhabitants still watch out daily at the horizon, searching for the faint cloud of dust raised by a slowly approaching camels’ caravan. After crossing a world to see its tranquil wonders, the least the traveler can do is give the town a couple of days more than the planned in o...Read More

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Lao Shandong Shuijiao

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Restaurant | "Lao Shandong Shuijiao: Eating Ravioli in Kashgar"

Lao Shandong Shuijiao Photo, Kashgar, China
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Certain trips do not make sense to most people. The traveller announces his next destination and looks at eyes dilating wide with surprise, before hearing the matching mouth asking with hardly disguised fear: "Where is that?" The following question is a not less expected and horrified "Why?""The horror, the horror!," Mr. Kurtz said, while facing the final stages of a similar situation.No answer to the last question would satisfy a person who never travelled for the sake of travel, who never experienced being in a completely foreign place. For them, a foreign place means endless obstacles: distance, language, food, water, and budget. Their comfort zone includes an automat...Read More

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Lao Shandong Shuijiao
Along the main avenue
Kashgar, China

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