Nice dogh (yogurt with shaved ice) for sale for 1 RMB/bowl or so, under makeshift tents. Interesting experience sharing the benches with local women, elderlies and children. They also have a kind of mushy "ice cream" for about the same money.
We went to have a dinner at a Han-Chinese restaurant in Qiemo (Charchan in Uygur).
And I asked the weitress where the toilet is and she guided me to the toilet, but...
I've never seen such a toilet! It was clean though.
Favorite Dish: Same as other Chinese restaurant.
Buses leave for Korla, Urumqi, Charklik (Ruoqiang), Hotan (the furthest west you can go from here along the South Silk Road), Yutian, Niya (Minfeng) etc. The prices vary according to what kind of bus happens to be going that day.
Timings (Beijing time) listed are what I found on a website...
- To Urumqi (twice weekly): Tue 1000, Fri 1800.
- To Korla (daily): 1000, 1400, 1700, 1800.
- To Yutian (4 times weekly): Mon/Tue/Sat 1800, Fri 1000.
- To Charklik/Ruoqiang (4 times weekly): Mon/Wed/Fri/Sat 1000.
Our bus to Hotan (daily) left at 1000, 92.5 RMB. Stopped at quite a few places enroute and no one seems to be any hurry. And no one seemed to mind that the aircon wasn't turned on most of the time! :( IIRC we stopped at Yutian for lunch around 1400. Reached Hotan at 1830 but I think it was the east bus station, where we had to catch a 5 RMB taxi ride to the main one.
Another traveller reported about buses to Korla, via Charklik (Ruoqiang). These depart at 0900 (1000 in winter) and 1300 (1400 in winter); luxury aircon seat buses cost 81 RMB. Some basic sleeper buses depart at 1800 and 2000 (1900 in winter); 76/83 RMB for upper/lower bunk.
THe bus from Minfeng to Qiemo took me some 20 hours of mostly patholed under construction road. Some places has road blocks, the bus has to go a big round or has to return back. One part of road completely broke down caused by river water, therefore 20 hours in total. We arrived 11pm at the Traffic Hotel.
Favorite thing: I saw some barber shops in the Uyghur bazaar area and I saw they hired young boys about age 14 to do the trivial works. The boy was using a piece of cloth scrubbing speedily on a customer's hair, very skillfully done. That was probably a service provided by the barber shop.
Favorite thing: Somewhere in town, we were at a bazaar, strolling around searching for interesting goods. We saw a fruit stall and was thinking to buy some fresh fruits. While asking about the price, suddenly a lady walk in and said " the price is too much ", probably she dislike the fruit guy cheating tourists. Then the guy scolded her very loudly in Uyghur language...
Favorite thing: In Qiemo, you can see so many strong women make living this way. We were on a trishaw pedalled by a woman, very strong physically, she has very sweet voice, made me thinking she should belong to relaxing at home watching tv.