There is an interesting carpet factory in Hotan, and all parts of the factory are open to see. There is also a enormous hall with a huge amount of carpets which you can buy, they are beautiful.
Archaeological discoveries prove that Hotan carpet making has a history at least of 2000 years. And the carpets made here were sent as tributes to the Courts of Chinese Dynasties, and were sold to places westward along the Silk Road.
The carpets are especially valuable because of the long and thick wool special to Hotan. The colors are rich and the designs are fine and splendid, full of local Uygur style and the influences of the historical exchanges between West and China can be also found in them.
Open daily 9:30-5:30, but they do have resthour at lunchtime, so that is a bad time since you won't see anyone making the carpets.
The Thursday Market beats Kashgar's Sunday Market by many orders of magnitude. Firstly, there isn't nearly the crowds of foreign tourists here. Secondly, the market is largely outdoors (whereas Kashgar's is slowly being incorporate into mall-like shops).
Favorite thing: I saw so many such earth made construction in Xinjiang province. Here in Hotan when I cycle to the farmland, I snap some photos for you.
Favorite thing: Here are some chicks for humans to eat. This one is to be send to the Sunday Market for customers to pick and buy, early in the morning.
Favorite thing: I was told this is the longest vineyard with the length about a thousand miles long. I didn't cyle all the way, just about 5 miles. What a place.