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Published: October 11th 2010
Sheep in a row
Waiting to be bought at the Kashgar animal market.
We had a great time in Kashgar. It was our first experience with a Chinese city and was a welcome change from Central Asia. We’ve immediately taken a liking to the food. Our local guide is from Chengdu and he introduced us to some tasty Sichuan dishes. The street food is also quite good. So far we’ve tried meat buns, kebabs, and spicy cold noodles. It’s always a bit of an adventure trying to order food in a restaurant as you never quite know what you’re going to get. Luckily we found a restaurant with pictures on the menu and English translation (sort of). We’re doing our best to learn some Mandarin. We can say three words: hello, thank you, and toilet. It’s a start anyways. We plan to spend about 3 to 4 months in China so we’ve got some time to practice.
The other big thing in Kashgar is the Sunday animal market. We heard that it was pretty touristy, but I don’t think we were quite prepared to see the number of tourists that were there. It’s quite difficult to take a photo without another white person in the background. It’s actually pretty interesting because despite all
the tourists, the market still seems to have retained its traditional way. We didn’t see a single shop selling souvenirs or anything that actually catered to tourists. The locals just ignored all the idiots with the cameras and went about their business buying and selling their livestock. I think that’s a pretty rare combination to have.
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