About 73km north of Kucha are the Grottoes of Kizil. To go there you see the desert valley of Muzat River. There are about 230 caves and grottoes cut into the steep walls of the mountains along the river. A few are open to public. The first grottoes of Kizil were already build in the 3rd century AD. So this are the oldest Buddhist Grottoes in...more
Even though I have not seen them, I do not want to forget to mention, that there are many ancient Buddhist grottoes in the mountains near Kucha. Kucha has been a flourishing center of early Buddhism from 3rd century till the end of Tang-Dynasty (around 900). As Kucha is located at the big karavan route from India (via today's Pakistan or Kashmir)...more
About 20km north of Kucha are the ruins of a big city: Subashi. The ruins cover a big area on both banks of Kucha River. Two very big Buddhist monasteries have been here and mainly monchs lived in this city from early 4th to 12th century AD. With some fantasy you can see big stupas and halls. And if you are lucky (I was not, but one of my...more
No.93 West Tian Shan Road,, Kuqa, 842000, CN
When you go on from Kucha to Aksu on the way to Kashgar, the you should take the route via Kizil. Kizil is an interesting place an dthe road goes through some spectacular river valleys in the desert. It is also a route, where you are very sure to see some noamds with their camels. There is also a direct highway from Kucha to Aksu, but that is not very interesting.
The "unique quality" of Kucha Hotel is the breakfast. Chinese breakfast is ok. And I know, that I should not expect more. But they offer a "Western Breakfast" at Kucha Hotel. This breakfast is just a joke: toast is frozen, coffee is a light brew with almost no coffee, butter is an oily fluid, fried eggs maybe have seen the pan from far.
When I talked about this to my collegues at China Tours Hamburg and at China Tours Guilin they all told me, that the breakfast at Kucha Hotel is known and no complains helped in the last few years.
So bring your own coffee, if you need it! And try the Chinese Breakfast with ricesoup, fried vegetables and tea.
The road to Kizil passes some spectacular valleys and desert mountains. It is quite adventurous. Parts of the road are under construction (2007). Even if you do not see the big Taklamakan Sanddunes, this part gives you an impression of sandy and dusty desert, loneliness and high mountains. Sandstorms can occur.
As all cities in Xinjiang, Kucha has many names and its name is written differently. I use "Kucha" as this is how the name is known in Germany. In China the Pinyin transcription is Ku CheFor a better understanding, how complicated and diverse the naming of Kucha is, I quote from www.wikipedia.org:"Kucha/Kuçar/Kuchar Uyghur...more
Kuqa was the center of the ancient kingdom of Qiuci. The inhabitants were Indo-European Tocharians, who migrated down from Anatolia (Turkey) and the Caucasus. Kucha was an important center of Buddhism along the Silkroad: Monks adhered to Hinayana Buddhism, in contrast to China, which adhered to the more complex Mahayana tradition. This can...more
A pain to get to and virtually impossible if you don't speak chinese or uigyur, but very rewarding if you do.Avoid the Buddah caves. They're pretty much ruined and you can't take pictures. Buy yourself a book in Shanghai instead. The Subashi Buddist Temple ruins are very cool. Just kicking around 'downtown' Kuqa and eating local food is excellent....more