Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Province Off The Beaten Path
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Tianshan mountains No.1 glacier
This remote area of Tianshan mountains is worth a visit as the scenery is breathtaking with glaciers and snow capped mountains all around. More photos of the mountains and glacier are at the travelogue section of this VT page.
HanRen street in Yining
If you are like me and don't have enough time to go to Kashgar to experience real Uygur life, you should try to go to Hanren street in Yining city. My mother and I went there during one evening and saw a street without Han people. I saw a huge wok with a round of sheep/goad skulls. Lots of people sit around it sipping on the bones. The Uygur people were friendly to me and they always enjoyed taking pictures.Our guide blamed us for not letting him know that we went to that street because it is a "dangerous" place for Han people to go. There are 3 sayings describe the strange things in Yining city. One of them is "You can find no Han people on Han people (Ren means people) street". hehe .....
Try something off the beaten track
1. He Mu 2. Luan Nam forest3. Ku che canyontry if you can go these places, but maybe with a english speaking local guide is better, as they really are off the beaten track, and even mandarian smoetiems not working in these places.
The most amazing place
As of now, there are no regular tours to Shipton's Arch. When we went, with the aid of a local guide (August 2004), we were probably among 20 Westerners to have ever been to this amazing spot. I will do a travelogue eventually to tell the whole story....
The administrative centre of Tashkurgan Tajik Autonomous Country (another autonomous place) and the last town before Khunjerab pass. Travellers on the Kashgar – Sost road usually have to spend the night here. If you arrive early, visit the ruins of the fort; from the top an astonishing view of the valley.
On the road to Karakul Lake…
On the road to Karakul Lake…On the way from Kashgar to Kunjerab pass the main attraction is the Black Lake, nestled between huge mountains (one is Muztagh Ata). The place worth a visit for the impressive landscape; the road enter the Ghez river canyon and reach a wet plateau surrounded with sand dunes. If you stop here for pictures, you’ll understand what “strong wind” means.
the mystery beauty - -- Kanas Lakes
Cross Gurbantunggut desert going north west to Kanas, 850 km away from Urumqi. Lays the world most beautiful isolated lakes. Kanas, which in Mongolian language is “ the mystery beauty ”. her color changes with her temper, dark green, gray blue, white, you name it. It will take about 7 to 9 days to finish the whole trip, don’t hurry, take your time since you would have lots to see during this unforgettable trip.
The surface of the lake reflects the snow-covered peaks of Mount Muztagata, which you can see in the background.Buses for Karakuli Lake leave daily at 8:30 a.m. from the long distance bus station in Kashgar. Returning is simply to flag down a passing minibus on the road that is heading in your direction.
When you have a little time to spent in Kashgar or if you are on your way to Pakistan, make a stop at the Karakuli Lake. It is breathtaking!You can spent the night in a Kazakh Yurt or in a hotel if you prefer.
Don’t forget to visit at least one cemetery along the road. Very interesting “funerary architecture”.
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