Kashgar Travel Guide

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Kashgar Highlights

  • Pro
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     Interesting Uighur culture, good food, massages! 

  • Con
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     The modern Chinese architecture. 

  • In a nutshell
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     One of the few Chinese cities with character. 

Kashgar Things to Do

  • Streets of Handicrafts and Workshops

    There are many streets in Kashgar, which still show old workshops and handicrafts. Strolling around and having a look into the shops is like diving into a time long ago. Copper basins are made by hand, musicalinstruments have been neatly decorated and men are sitting on the street talking. Just left of the big Id Kah Mosque there is one of those...

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  • The Sunday Market

    Everyone raves about the Sunday Market, Kashgar's pride and joy of the tourist market. The market, however, runs every day of the week- it's just supposedly bigger on Sunday, and that's when most tourists go- historically market day here, or something like that. The market is many things, sprawling, hot... but not so much crowded as everyone says,...

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  • Id Kah Mosque

    Worth a visit, aside from a 20 RMB/person entry fee (August 2008) the Mosque didn't seem to be overly crowded, is closed during prayer times and don't kneel on one knee to take a photo... for some reason... can someone explain that to me? I'm not sure what is wrong about it, so I would like an explaination if anyone knows.Do dress in long sleeves...

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  • 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...

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  • Yarkand- Yarqant

    Four hours by bus (about 26 RMB, 27 with PICC insurance... return cost about 20.75 RMB with insurance...) takes you to Yarkand... if the bus has A/C it's bearable. Yarkand has an old town, near the mosque... I recommend going to the mosque just after prayer on Friday... in the afternoon. It's hot, but quite the sight to see all the old, bearded...

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  • Lake Karakul- Getting there

    Right now the Chinese Government has imposed travel restrictions on access for foreigners to Lake Karakul. This means that currently, July 28, 2008, you need to get a permit for travel to the lake. You have to hire a driver to get there, as foreigners aren't allowed on buses to the lake. Now, foreigners, supposedly, can get buses BACK to Kashgar,...

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  • Karakorum Highway

    If you are in Kashgar and you did not come from Pakistan oder go to Pakistan, an excursion to Karakul Lake and Karakorum Highway is an absolute must! I was lucky enoght to see this spectacular landscpae two time in my life: In 1992, when I came from Pakistan going all the way from Islamabad to Beijing. And again in 2007, when I was on a group tour...

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  • Mausoleum of Abakh Hodscha

    Abakh Hodscha, the ruler over Kashgar, Kucha, Korla, Aksu and Khotan in 17th century had this Mausoleum build for his father Mohammed Yusuf. Abakh Hodscha was also a religious leader and respected by his people as a prophet. When he died, he was buried in the Mausoleum and the name was changed in Abakh Hodscha Mausoleum.The architecture of this...

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  • People Watching

    I loved the many different and impressive faces of people in Kashgar. Sit down in a small teahouse and watch the people pass by. What stories could they tell? For more see my travelogue!2007: This certainly has not changed! There are so many interesting people to watch!

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Kashgar Restaurants

  • BRITISH CONSULATE , HISTORICAL PLACE

    Nothing about the local uygur food; a typical chinese restaurant.This consulate opened in 1890 at only one kilometer of the russian consulate.Only imagine the british and russian spy playing the Big Game before indian independance.At that time, the area was not so rich, China was not very active, Turkestan could have been another central asian...

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  • new cafe in town

    New cafe that is conveniently located in the middle of town. About a 10 minute walk from Idkah Mosque. They have friendly staff, good coffee and delicious pizza! I found that they had very fresh surroundings. They even have oil paintings from local artists for sale. They also had tourist information if I wanted to book a trip through them (but I...

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  • Street Food

    The streets are where life happens, and here the food is hot, fresh and greasy. Kebabs come with skewers of meat and fat; samsa and sambursa (dough filled with meat, onions and sometimes other ingredients and cooked in the tandoori ovens) are excellent, but try, with all food, to go to a place that either has a lot of people (high turnover of food)...

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  • Misinformation

    While there's western food and nice places to sit, I have, thus far, been fairly disappointed with the information or quality or availability of information at John's Information Cafe's wherever I've been to them in China. It's a great idea, but poor execution. The food's okay, they have beer and all that, internet and offer a comfortable place to...

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  • Ripoff

    Dirty and grubby, the flies are one of the biggest problems... I know many people have probably eaten here and been just fine... for us, we ordered two dishes and an order of chapati. We got three of one dish, two of another and five pieces of chapati. Then we ordered two teas and got three. We didn't know how they served dishes, but they brought...

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  • Western Haven

    Just opened on July 28, 2008, and replacing the Caravan Cafe, which went out of business about a year ago, apparently, the Fubar is well worth a visit, for good tacos, hamburgers, or even fish and chips, as well as Stella Artois and other beer not commonly found here in China, this is the place. John's Information Cafe at the Seman or the Chini...

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Kashgar Nightlife

  • Night market in kashgar city

    the night market in kashgar city is the best spot for whoever come to kashgar ,it is a lively market with hundres of thousands of vandors and local people . feel free while you are in kashgar ,make it yourself at home .the people there are very friendly and helpful . people wear very different kind of clothes that they like best ,the people who...

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  • KASHGAR : NIGHT MARKET

    At night, the streets around Id Kah Mosque comes alive with food stalls selling a smorgasbord of steaming goat stew with bobbling goats' heads, rings of intestines, shish-kebabs of bits of goats' livers, hearts... chickpeas, noodles, apricots, sweet pastries, etc...A great place to sample the local food and people-watch.

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Kashgar Transportation

  • Train from Kuqa

    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...

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  • Kashgar exploration

    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.

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  • Train ,Plane ,Bus

    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...

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Kashgar Shopping

  • Kashgar rugs

    There are shops at the bottom of the Kashgar International trade building, facing the main sunday market. See the picture, which shows a glimpse of the main sign. You could just also ask anyone at the Bazaar. You should atleast buy one good rug. These are handwoven made locally, although I also got one form as far as samarkand. For about $100 you...

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  • Music shops

    Make sure to stop into one of the several music shops in the old town. They carry some great , unique handmade instruments - which most of the shop owners will gladly demonstrate for you.

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Kashgar Local Customs

  • Dressing With Respect

    Kashgar is a Muslim city, to a large extent, but I cannot tell you the number of foreigners who I see walking around Mosques and other religious sites in the wrong clothes. Even around town, women shouldn't wear tank tops, even if the local Chinese do. (The Chinese have very little respect for the culture or the religious nature of the people in...

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  • Veils

    IN many Muslim countries women use to wear veils to cover their hair or even their face. Sometimes I have th eimpression this custom becomes more popular with Muslimas in Germany. But in Kashgar I found, that less and less women are wearing veils. Compared with 1992 you won't see that many women with veils in Kashgar.I cannot imagine that any woman...

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  • Mosques

    Xinjiang is a mainly Muslim Province in China. Specially in Kashgar I saw many lively mosques. Men are going for prayer into the small neighborhood mosques. And sometime you can hear the faint sound of the muezzin calling people for prayer. Before you enter a mosque, you should take off your shoes!

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Kashgar Warnings and Dangers

  • Kashgar is the Bomb???

    Bad joke. But the situation is serious in Kashgar. The day we left, August 4, I think, there was a bombing in Kashgar. Now, the Chinese claim it was the Uyghur terrorists, bent on disrupting the Olympics. I don't know about all that. Regardless, it happened and may happen again. It's hard to predict how much of a threat exists, really, but I'd hold...

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  • Ripoffs

    Kashgar, like the rest of China, is a great place to get ripped off. Don't pay more than you agree to, and agree to prices beforehand. Get them to write it down, even. I tell you now, the next bloody person here to try to rip me off is going to get beaten. I am so sick of people being like this in China, but it's so endemic. A ripoff everywhere you...

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  • Scary Dentists

    While walking at the Sunday Market in Kashgar I stumbled upon this dentist-billboard. I saw several before. To me al these paintings of the inside of the mouth do not attract me, it would more or less scare me away from the dentist. From my dutch dentist I heard that he has patients telling him the horrible stories of the chinese dentists, so go...

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Kashgar Off The Beaten Path

  • BOSHIKERANMUXIANG , SATURDAY MARKET

    Superb day trip from Kashgar every saturday; just one hour bus trip to this village; famous for pomegrenate gardens. Easy to reach from Kashgar, a must if you have a free saturday morning to spend in the countryside.

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  • Around the town

    It's also nice and quiet in the alleys, which is unique for a 'chinese' city. This old man was nice enough to pose for us. He was just getting his donkey ready to go to market, I guess (I didn't ask...)

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  • 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...

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Kashgar Favorites

  • Crossing the Khunjerab Pass from Kashgar...

    Crossed the border a few days ago.In case anyone need the information,Visa fee for Malaysian: 8USD; Singapore: 15USDThe 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...

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  • What is in Kashgar?

    Tourists can choose to stay in the new modern part or at the old town with the traditional Uyghurs. I saw a city so similar to those I saw in big cities, that's my impression for Kashgar except it has the old town. New areas have many shops mostly owned by Han with contrast to see the traditional Uyghurs still living with their traditions and...

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  • 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...

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