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A bustling medieval city, Kashgar was once one of the most prosperous trading towns in Asia. Located in the far west of Xinjiang, China's westernmost province, Kashgar has long been multi-ethnic, with Chinese, Kyrgyz, Uighurs, Uzbeks and Tajiks residing side by side. Because of its long, varied trading history, food in Kashgar, as in the rest of China's west, is flavorful and unique, one of the first true fusion cuisines in the world. Today, the city is home to busy markets, and serves as a hub to Central and South Asia.
Two of Kashgar's most evocative sights are the fascinating Yekshenba Bazaar, filled with wares from across Central Asia, and Kashgar's old city, which once sat at a trade crossroads, and was among the most cosmopolitan enclaves in the world.
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Wander through the narrow, winding streets and enticing shops of this bustling medieval city, once one of the most prosperous trading towns in Asia. Take in the diversity of the various ethnic groups, and see their customs and lifestyles mesh in the urban metropolis.
Id Kah Mosque
Visit Kashgar's historic and elegant mosque, Id Kah. The giant structure is China’s largest mosque, measuring more than 55,000-square-feet, and housing 10,000 worshippers every Friday.
Afaq Khoja Mausoleum
Known as the holiest Muslim site in Xinjiang, this is a fine example of Islamic architecture, featuring intricate patterns and a majestic facade at the entrance.
Spend a night in the desert near Lake Karakul in a yurt, the traditional dwelling of the nomadic tribes of Central Asia. The abode consists of animal hide stretched over a wooden frame, yurts are portable, and is easy to set up and dismantle. You will be hosted by a Kyrgyz family, one of a number of groups who reside in the Kashgar area.
Visit the Yekshenba Bazaar, one of the largest and oldest open-air market in the world. With vendors from as far away as Pakistan and Uzbekistan offering their wares and services, this large bazaar is a fun place to visit.
Savor a dinner of traditional Uyghur food, the main cuisine of Xinjiang, with its unique blend of Chinese, Central Asian, and Middle Eastern/Indian elements. Try spicy stews made with lamb and flavored with generous quantities of cumin and chili pepper; laghman, thick, hand-pulled noodles in steaming, hearty soup; dapanji, flavored, marinated chicken slow roasted in a pan with assorted vegetables; as well as the Uyghur flatbread, called nan. Juicy lamb kebabs are incredibly popular and practically a daily staple.
Yekshenba Livestock Market
Once a part of the Yekshenba Bazaar, the famous livestock market now sits on the outskirts of town. Sheep, goats, cows, bulls and camels are traded here, in a unique, friendly atmosphere. Be prepared for somewhat pungent smells!
Day Trip to Karakul Lake
Trace the Karakoram Highway, which goes from China to Pakistan, to Karakul Lake. The road trip comes with breathtaking scenery, complete with mountains, camels and yaks. Once arrived, admire the deep blue colors of the lake, surrounded by the scenic snowcapped Kunlun mountain range.
Journey across China’s ancient trade route, meandering from Shanghai, to Xian, Dunhuang, Urumqi, and Kashgar. You’ll stay in hotels fit for aristocrats as you learn about what life was like for traders at sites like the Bund, the Terracotta Warriors, the City of Sands, White Horse Pagoda, the Grand Bazaar, and more.
This 12-day luxury private jet journey tracing China’s ancient Silk Road is sure to leave you spellbound, as whisks you to historic and breathtaking destinations at your own pace. Hop from Xian’s Terracotta Warriors to the colorful cliffs of Zhangye Danxia, while sleeping in luxury hotels across the region.
Take in some of China’s most breathtaking natural surroundings as you travel 14 days from Changbaishan to Zhangye Danxia, stopping along the way in the stunning valleys of Shangri-La, below the majestic Huangshan Mountain, and aside colorful geocliffs millions of years old, staying at luxury hotels along the way.
Kashi Tianyuan International
Conveniently located in the town center, Kashi Tianyuan International Hotel lies twenty minutes from Kashgar Airport (KHG). The Kashi Tianyuanâ€™s rooms all feature televisions, satellite channels, in-room safes, and clean bathrooms equipped with hair dryers and separate baths. Amenities and services include a steam bath and beauty center, a concierge and a twenty-four hour reception desk.
When stepping off the beaten path and into nearly-undiscovered land, it’s comforting to stay in a well-known brand of hotels. Opening soon, the Radisson Blu in Kashgar, China is a home away from home in the Xinjiang area of China, and stands to be the most luxurious accommodation in the area.