Contrary to popular belief, you can get soft sleeper from Kuqa to Kashgar... they are very limited, but you can get them. We got two, the last two, and one hard seat...
99 yuan for a hard seat, 297 yuan or so for soft sleeper (July 28, 2008). Try to buy the tickets in advance if possible- we got ours when we arrived in Kuqa, a day or two before leaving for Kashgar. Anyway, it's possible to do.
I noted there were also luxury sleepers as well- just two beds, but I don't know if there were any available. The staff on the train were notably unhelpful, especially compared with the Turpan-Kuqa train. Anyway... sorry, dzni... hard seat sucks...
By the way, one of the biggest problems with hard seat is that many people buy a single ticket, then spread out across three seats. I'm sure they'd grudgingly move if you woke them, but it's a bit hard to find a seat.
We wanted to sit together in soft sleeper for a while, but the helpful policeman told us that the hard seat ticket holder couldn't go with us because it was sleeping time. Ok. I understand that if there were no rules, you'd have one passenger buy a soft sleeper ticket and invite his extended family and donkey to come sit with him, but we're foreigners. There's just three of us. You can make exceptions. Rigid...
If you have a little time in Kashgar, and don't mind walking, you can explore a lot of the city (e.g. the old neighbourhood, Id Kah mosque, the markets, the river) on foot. Might be a bit hot in summer though! If you are going to Apak Khoja mausoleum (worth the trip) then try the bus (easy) or perhaps rent a bike.
Kashgar is about 280 km from Tashkurgan. It is a city out of another world. The city’s relative inaccessibility has had a great influence on its character. This place feels, looks dramatically different from the rest of China, even from the rest of Xinjiang.
Kashgar is China’s Muslim center. It used to be an important stop on the centuries-old Silk Road, and trade remains timeless still in this vibrant oasis, at least on Sundays, when the bustling markets are packed with uniquely dressed Uygurs, ambitious Central Asian traders and veiled Muslim women. Muslim features are visible throughout the city. Mosque towers high up above mud-thatched houses.
Kashgar was an important outfitting station on the Old Silk Road. The flourishing trade route was major factor of Kashgar's rise. The tired trade caravans plodding west on the northern and southern routes met up at Kashgar. Merchants from Central Asia thawed out after descending to Kashgar and exchanged their stolid yaks and exhaused packhorses for camles to convey their merchandese into Inner provinces of China.
Kashgar's importance in the history of Silk Road and its unique culture mean that the city has many sights of special interest to offer visitors. In and around Kashgar, travelers can find the Abakh Khoja Tomb, Idgar Mosque, Kashgar Old Town, Sunday Bazzar, Ancient Art Street and the Stone City.
it is good to walk around old city and also good to travel by bike
Just another big city of our world, Kashgar is already too modern to worry about 'no transportations'. Tourists can anytime walk to any agents to flash your money, if you want to go from somewhere to somewhere. Picture is taken from a local city bus, seats are still clean and new, a little surprise for me to still think Kashgar is all about camels and caravans.
the most common street scene can be seen here in Xinjiang Area. A lady selling the cloth where she put the display on the pony cart.
Most of the local here has horses and pony. The is kind of the property and they give to their new wife's family as present when get marrige.