Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Kashgar & Southern Silk Road Cities

Day 18...

Travel Expenses
*** Total: 80RMB ***
Entry to Id Kah Mosque: 10RMB
Accomodation @ Seman Hotel: 30RMB
Local Transport, Food and Others: 40RMB

A very popular restaurant with the locals, always crowded during lunch and dinner time

Large grilling station for cooking kebabs

And their curry chicken rice is really nice!

Bright yellow-tiled Id Kah Mosque
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It is the largest mosque in China, able to accomodate up to 20,000 people

Praying gallery inside the mosque, neatly laid with carpets

Big square outside the mosque

Men sitting outside the mosque, chatting and relaxing

Alleys of Uyghur residential area in Kashgar Old Town

These alleys are like little maze

Brightly colored doors

Kids playing "basketball"

Portraits of them =)

She looks really happy =)
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Traditional Uyghur house that has overhanging room above the alley
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Reconstruction in process

Shop selling various accessories

Dang Dang Dang!
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Sacks of many different types of beans
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Naans are important food for the Uyghurs

Id Kah Mosque again
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Quite surprised to see some women here in burka!
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Men crowding outside the mosque after their prayers

Soccer, the universal sports!

Food stalls at the night market

Day 19...

Travel Expenses
*** Total: 90RMB ***
Entry to Afāq Khoja Mausoleum: 30RMB
Accomodation @ Seman Hotel: 30RMB
Local Transport, Food and Others: 30RMB

Entrance to Afāq Khoja Mausoleum, aka Xiangfei Tomb

Afāq Khoja Mausoleum itself
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Side views of the colorful tiled Afāq Khoja Mausoleum

Day 20...

Travel Expenses
*** Total: 132RMB ***
Bus from Kashgar to Yengisar: 9RMB (70km)
Bus from Yengisar to Yarkand: 13RMB (130km)
Bus from Yarkand to Kargilik: 10RMB (65km)
Accomodation in Kargilik: 60RMB
Local Transport, Food and Others: 40RMB

*Overland Distance Covered So Far: 7,923km

Took a couple of days to explore nearby Southern Silk Road towns of Yengisar, Yarkand and Kargilik (Yecheng).
Nothing much of interests in these small towns now, as much has given way to development...

Yengisar is known for their very beautiful handmade daggers

Beautiful green farmlands

Walking through old Uyghur houses

School compound

Man's gathering

Day 21...

Travel Expenses
*** Total: 80RMB ***
Bus from Kargilik to Kashgar: 25RMB (265km)
Accomodation @ Seman Hotel: 30RMB
Local Transport, Food and Others: 25RMB

*Overland Distance Covered So Far: 8,188km

These Naans from Kargilik were really tasty as they added onions to them

A small mosque in Kargilik town

Delicious Uyghur style hotpot for dinner back in Kashgar and it is really spicy and oily!

Day 22...

Travel Expenses
*** Total: 90RMB ***
Accomodation @ Seman Hotel: 30RMB
Local Transport, Food and Others: 60RMB

Very interesting Kashgar Livestock Market where you can find goats, sheeps, cows, donkeys and horses for sale
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They have really cute asses, don't they? haha

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Let's hear some horrible donkey cries!

And donkeys humping and kicking each others! lol

Test riding the horse

Deal or no deal?

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Kid wrestling with the sheep

Bad sheep gets murdered! =p

Loading up their new buys

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Counting his profits

All the necessary accessories u will need for your new livestocks

Kashgar Sunday Market is one of the largest in Central Asia

Woman in burka again

Locals love eating goat heads @@

Looks delicious?
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Many interesting stuffs in the Sunday Market
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Mr Mao statue is everywhere!

Back to old town

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This old man was selling us some color powders, and showing us by mixing his saliva with the powders! haha
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Ice delivery!

Sharpening knife

Kids playing happily

Don't hit my head! haha

Photos of Uyghur kids

Kids rushing to see their picture and I love the motion effect!
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Claus giving them some english lesson haha

Mischievous boy doing funny faces

Nice shave and massage
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Woodcarver at work
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Making traditional Uyghur skull cap

This Uyghur fastfood near Id Kah Mosque has some great foods

Cheap and nice meal! they also have a special fruits cocktail drink which is simply awesome!

Say cheese =)


  1. The photo's seem to dispell the mystic imaginations one might have of Kasghar and alike.

    I've yearned for years to travel in these parts but never get organised..........better head off soon otherwise, like the rest of old will be gone in a matter of years.

    Very intersting site....when I have time a must revisit.

    Roger, Brighton Le Sands, Sydney Australia

  2. Thanks for the information, it will help the fellow traveler to make their mind about the region. You have taken a lot great photoes.I am from Kashgar, and here is my website about Kashgar and Xinjiang Travelling.