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Asia » China » Xinjiang » Kashgar September 16th 2013

Bishkek to Kashgar Writing this update in Kashgar in western China. We are in one of the most westerly of the Chinese Provinces – Xin Jiang. The population of the province is mostly Uighur (pronounced Wee ger). There are also a large Kyrgyz population who are located in the western part of the province and in Kashgar. There are also a fair number of Chinese who have been part of the Chinese “trans-migration” into the region. The Uighers and Kyrgyz tolerate the Chinese (Han) but resent their presence. The first leg of the trip to Kashgar from Bishkek was Bishkek to Tash Rabat. I’ll take up the story from Bishkek. Tuesday 10 September: Left Bishkek by bus after having met up with the rest of the group the night before. The makeup is two ... read more
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Asia » China » Xinjiang » Kashgar August 3rd 2013

I am still in Kashgar. I hope to cross into Kyrgyzstan on August 5. I will ride to Sary Tash and then head south to enter Tajikistan through the Pamir Highway. I haven’t met anyone who has done it or is planning on doing it this way. Chinese cyclists stay in China and foreign cyclists all seem to come from the West into China. I expect to be going uphill (up to 4000m again) for a couple of days. I know the view is going to be amazing with lots of 7000-meter high peaks but I expect to suffer physically with the heat and the sharp incline. I should probably also get ready for a bumpy road… Can it be worse that the beautiful but difficult 216 Dirt Road outside Urumuqi? I wanted to cross into ... read more
on the way to Karakul
Karakul Lake, Xinjiang
We're going up there!

Asia » China » Xinjiang » Kashgar August 3rd 2013

From Kashgar to Irkeshtam, at the border with Kyrgyzstan It’s been over 2 months since I last wrote about my on-going bike trip. I am now back in China for the October Holiday after visiting Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan in August and September. It was hard to get on line in the Pamir Mountains of Tajikistan and then I was with my parents in Kyrgyzstan and wanted to take advantage of every minute with them so I didn’t spend much time on line (Sorry Becky!). Lots of things have happened since the end of July when I was in Kashgar. I am going to try to retrace my steps and share my impressions on 2 beautiful months across Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. On my last days in Kashgar, Xinjiang Province, I spent a lot of time on the ... read more
sur la route
Le vieux Kashgar
Sur le toit de ma Guesthouse a Kashgar

Asia » China » Xinjiang » Kashgar August 1st 2013

Here are some photos of the livestock market in the outskirts of Kashgar. It’s a famous market in the area and it attracts many shepherds, farmers, cooks and tourists. I spent a couple of hours wandering around from the area where they discuss the price of cows, to the next where Uyghur men check out the sheep’s ears, backs and buttholes… and then there is the donkey area… While the Uyghur were looking at the animals, I must admit I was people watching. As you can see I took more pictures of the people selling and buying livestock than of the animals. There is something fascinating about these men’s faces, the beards, the hats, the wrinkles and the body gestures. When I look at them, I realize how far I am from home. Funny how a ... read more
Uyghur man at the livestock market
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Asia » China » Xinjiang » Kashgar August 1st 2013

J’ai beaucoup aimé la ville de Kashgar. J’ai passé la plupart de mon temps dans la vieille ville a coté de la grande mosquée, a déguster (en cachette car c’est le ramadan en ce moment) des pains a la viande de mouton, des pastèques et melons sucrés, et a observer les Ouighours dans leur train-train quotidien. Les hommes portent un petit chapeau carré, brodé, sur le haut de la tète. Les hommes plus âgés ont pour la plupart une longue barbe blanche et ils ont tous les yeux perçants. Les femmes portent des robes et foulards ultra colorés. A Kashgar en été, les jours sont très longs. Le soleil se lève vers 8h et se couche après 22h : longues journées pour faire le ramadan. On dirait que le vieux quartier a été plus ou moins ... read more
Kashgar old city
in the old city
in the old city

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Asia » China » Xinjiang » Kashgar July 12th 2013

Hi All Our first adventure up the southern silk road toady to a town called Yarkand, in Uyghur, ShaChe, in Chinese. Yarkand is on the edge of the Taklamakan Desert and we felt the full force of it's heat today, the sun was really strong. We had a wander around the old town and the graveyard while eating some samsa. Samsa are small mutton pasties baked in an oven. I imagine visiting here for a vegetarian would be a nightmare. Both times that we've ordered vegetable noodles or rice there has been mutton in it. Yarkand was on the end of a trade route that ran from British India, modern Pakistan, over the Karakoram Pass. It was an important oasis town on the southern silk road and today is known for it's tombs. There is a ... read more
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Asia » China » Xinjiang » Kashgar July 12th 2013

Hi All, We've had really great time in Kashgar. It's a really cool place to visit and the Kashgar Old Town Youth Hostel is a great place to stay. We had a room on the front of the hotel so we could sit and look out the window at the people passing by. Moon and his staff we're extremely helpful and everyone spoke very good English. Now our trip begins in earnest with us starting to go up the southern silk road heading back east. Enjoy the photos Jah Bless... read more
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Asia » China » Xinjiang » Kashgar July 12th 2013

Hi All We decided to split up our journey to Hotan with a stop over in Karghilik, in Uyghur, YeCheng, in Chinese. If anyone is going to stay here the only hotel we could stay in was the QiaoGeLi, K2 hotel. The traffic hotel at the bus station wouldn't take foreigners. I probably need to explain who the Uyghers are to some people. They are the ethnic group that live predominately in XinJiang province. They are a real mix of people Chinese, Kazaks, Uzbeki, Tajiki, Mongolian, Russian and even Europeans who travelled up the silk road. They traditionally don't speak Chinese but Uyghur,which is also spoken in quite a few of the other central Asian countries, it is also written in an Arabic script. They were originally Buddhist as Buddhism came from India to China through ... read more
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Asia » China » Xinjiang » Kashgar July 2nd 2013

Hi All, We had a lovely evening on our first night here. We went for a stroll around the old town and then we visited the mosque. It's the biggest mosque that we;ve visited so far in China. The mosque dates from 1442 and can hold upto 20000 people. The prayer hall was closed but there is a man who will unlock it and let you in, quite why the prayer hall is closed to the locals I'm not sure. Enjoy the photos Jah Bless... read more
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Asia » China » Xinjiang » Kashgar July 2nd 2013

Hi All On our return to the city we had a stroll through the park. We even found some traditional music being played with people dancing. We sat and watched for about 15 mins. We were invited to dance but we politely declined. I must say that most of the people here have been very friendly indeed. After the park we visited the tomb of Yusup Has an 11th century philosopher and poet. He was also an advisor to the king of Kashgaria. The colours of this tomb were incredible. It really is hard to remember that we are still in China sometimes. That doesn't include the absolutely enormous Mao statue in the main square or the masses of police and army patrolling the streets. We are having a great time here and can't wait until ... read more
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