Crossing the Khunjerab Pass from Kashgar to Pak
Crossed the border a few days ago.
In case anyone need the information,
Visa fee for Malaysian: 8USD; Singapore: 15USD
The bus from Kashgar said to be departed everyday at 12 noon but only go if there is more than 10 people. Anytime in the day if there is more than 10, it will go regardless of the time. Our bus left Kashgar at 4pm.
Independent traveler can leave the contact with the worker who do the loading in the bus station or take a private car to Tashkurgan and join the international bus on the 2nd day. Private car to Tashkurgan costs 80yuan per person for 4 in a group.
Kashgar People's Square
In every big and small cities I visit in China nowadays must have a statue of this person. I think this must be a statue of Mr.Confucius for sure. Anyway, I saw most of Kashgar are similar to most other Chinese cities, probably coming from a same city planner using same construction techniques. The city buses are so convenient to send tourists to anywhere they want, that's how I got here. Opposite this statue is a place where many billiard tables and many Kashians hanging around. I don't know why I want to come here but have no choice maybe.
Internet is censored!!!
Well, I guess this is not just in Kashgar, but around China.
Sites like Google, Hotmail, VirtualTourist, and Yahoo! email are fine. But, it's annoying that my external Geocities (part of Yahoo!) is blocked. I could update it using FTP, but it's just a pain. I don't know how they determine what is blocked or monitored, but lots of sites are just blocked.
China is just messed up in this way.
Urban Uighur streets
This is what the maze like roads look lik ein the uighur parts of town. Take a camera and have a walk, but be careful as this is basically people's backyards... Each door leads to a courtyard on the inside, which is open, and beyond the courtyard is the house. When we went the streets were full of little kids (The Muslims out west are exempt from the one-child policy), and they started chasing us around basically, enthralled with the camera.
Kashgar's Old Town
Walking around Kashi is a hot item on most tourists' agendae and not just for the old town. Temperatures can get quite hot, today (August 1, 2008) it's a cozy 97, with bright, clear skies better suited for Infrared grilling than walking. Wear long, loose clothes and a big hat, and take comfort in the labyrinthine sidestreets with occasional covered areas and shade.
If you walk out of the Id Kah Mosque, straight out and across the street (use the underground walkway/mall) you begin the old town, where restaurants blow cold air in the stairwells and hot tea accompanies langmen and other local dishes. Enter the old town for souvenirs, these days, though you can also get hoe heads, pick axe heads and other hand-made metal objects from the local forge shops, hand turned wooden objects and hats.
Mostly, walking in the old town is for the sake of seeing, and being seen (and yelled "hallo!" to) by the local kids. The people are friendly enough, though a bit of hesitance with the camera might be appreciated by them. It is their home. I opted to wear long pants and a long shirt, just to blend as much as possible... while I'm blue-eyed, I've a beard, short on the sides, like theirs, and could be Muslim. Women should cover up a bit, but I'll get to this in Local Customs.
I highly recommend walking the old town. Get lost in it, it's not that big. Enjoy and appreciate.