Our primary purpose for coming to Hotan, one of China’s most remote cities, was to visit the weekly market; we had heard that it was one of the few authentic, untouristed bazaars left in Xinjiang, now that Kashgar is becoming more developed. Our taxi dropped us off near the mosque, on a chaotic street jammed with donkey carts, chicken cages, displays of colorful polished rocks, and stalls heaped with all manner of dried fruit, nuts, spices, and other food. From there we made our way along streets choked with donkey carts, motorbikes, and pedestrians to the main market area. It is very much a local affair; we didn't see a single white face, and very few Han Chinese.
Like many Uighur cit...Read More