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China's Wild West - Kashgar

A May 2006 trip to Kashgar by Elisabeth28

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Quote: As an ancient crossroads of central Asia, Kashgar's ancient tombs, desert ruins, beautiful Mosques, and vast Sunday Market are all redolent of Silk Road romance. Kashgar is also a thriving modern city, however, a true mix of cultures than belies the popular conception of a monolithic China.

Chini Bagh (Qiniwak)

Hotel | "Chini Bagh (aka Qiniwak)"

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The Chini Bagh hotel's greatest asset is its central location, in the heart of Kashgar's old town just up the street from the Id Kah mosque. The buildings themselves are perfectly comfortable, though of uninspiring modern construction. Rooms are available for all price ranges, from 30 yuan ($4) dorm beds to three-star suites. Dorm rooms have en suite facilities, and the covered patios outside are graced with several large, comfortable couches— great for whiling away the hot afternoon. Several travel companies also have offices conveniently located in or near the hotel complex, including the official CITS and the backpacker-friendly John's Information Cafe.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 15, 2006

Chini Bagh (Qiniwak)
93 Seman Lu
Kashgar, China

Lake Karakul

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Visiting Lake Karakul on a clear day, I thought I'd died and gone to heaven. Located in the heart of the Pamir Mountains, the lake's blue-green water sparkle in the clear high-altitude sun, reflecting the intensely blue sky. The valley in which the lake sits is ringed by jagged ice-covered peaks, the tallest of which soars to a height of over 7500m. The lake itself is fairly small, circumnavigable in about 4 hours of easy walking, though for the more adventurous, trekking and climbing options are virtually limitless. The 3.5 hour drive to the lake along the Karakoram Highway is equally spectacular, passing first through bucolic Uighur farmland with dramatic views of the snowy Pamirs rising straight...Read More

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Lake Karakul
Karakoram Highway
Kashgar, China

Kashgar Sunday Market

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Attraction | "Kashgar's Bazaars"

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Kashgar has been a trading city for thousands of years, and it is thus no surprise that there are some great bargains to be found in the old city's winding alleys and at the famous Sunday Market. Be prepared to bargain hard, as most merchants will initially quote you a price that is two, three, or even four times what their product is really worth. The shops lining Id Kah Square, at the heart of the old town area, specialize mostly in knives, many handmade in the nearby city of Yengisar. The shop owners are used to tourists and are thus often unpleasantly aggressive, but this is probably the best place to browse if you're interested in knives. The alleys to the northwest and west ...Read More

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Kashgar Sunday Market

Kashgar, China

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Elisabeth28

Elisabeth28
Cape Elizabeth, United States

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