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Kashgar is China's Muslim center. It used to be an important stop on the centuries-old Silk Road. The city's relative inaccessibility has had a great influence on its character. This place feels, looks dramatically different from the rest of China, even from the rest of Xinjiang. on Sundays,  the bustling markets are packed with distinctively dressed Uygurs, ambitious Central Asian traders and veiled Muslim women.

Muslim features are visible throughout the city. Mosque towers high up above mud-thatched houses. The lush green open valley of Kashgar with tall poplars is famous for cultivation of fruits, vegetables, grains, cotton and livestock, and Uygur flavor. Kashgar's importance in the history of Silk Road and its unique culture endow the city with many historical sites, includin the Abakh Khoja Tomb, Idgar Mosque, Kashgar Old Town, Sunday Bazzar, Ancient Art Street and the Stone City.

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Apakh Hoja Tomb (or Xiangfei Tomb), 5 kms northeast of Kashgar, an important cultural unit protected by the Xinjiang Autonomous Region. As a tomb group of the descendants of an Islamic missionary, it was built around 1640. The legend has it that seventy-two ...Read More
The Id Kah mosque ( or aiti gaer in Chinese and means Square of festival in uyghur) is regarded as the biggest mosque in China. This typical Uyghur structure, located in the center of Kashgar, has a history of more than five hundred years. Every Friday, it ...Read More
Muztagh Ata (7546m) is a unique massif overlooking the Taklamakan Desert in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of China. Its expansive gentle slopes offer perhaps the best paths for ski-mountaineering enthusiasts on any mountain and at over 7500m its ...Read More

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by Amazonia 2011-05-23
The meaning of the words Id Kah means a place of pray and celebration for festivals. The mosque is located in the central area of Kashgar city and is the biggest mosque in China. Actually, the Id Kah Mosque is composted of a group of ancient Islamic constructions with strong ethnic characteristics and religious features. Id Kah Mosque was built in 1442 and ...
by Seabert 2011-05-23
Three Immortals Buddhist Caves Three Immortals Buddhist Caves of Han Dynasty (206BC--220) are lying in the north of Kashgar. They are located on a cliff at the side of a mountain and next to a river. It is about 13 meters (about 17 yards) down the bottom of the cliff and about 8 meters (about 10 yards) from the cliff top. The cliff face is vertical and so ...
by Etsu 2011-05-23
Karakuri Lake Karakuri Lake, situated at the foot of Mount Muztagata, is lying 191 kilometers (about 120 miles) from Kashgar. It is 3,600 meters (about 11,811 feet) above sea level, 30 meters (about 98 feet) deep and with a surface of ten square kilometers (about four square miles). The lake is surrounded by a series of mountains, such as Mount Muztagata and ...