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September 14th 2014
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Chinese road signs rarely have English, but we nearly always follow our guide. On other occasions follow U'r nose or the main road, bit of fun in Kashgar when returned from license centre.
Tashikurgan provincial town, 230km south of Kashgar on the Karakorum highway - a focus of this trip, the town is still in China but only 14km from Tajikistan, a quick look round town and is has all changed again, 60% of locals from Tashikurgan, different hats & they might kiss your palm for a greeting, generally not really pleased to be Chinese. The whole area is steeped in history, back to Han Dynasty.

Three mountain ranges meet here in town, Himalaya, Tien-Shan from North (bit annoying as thought I had been in Himalayas for 3 wks already - seams not), and Karakorum mountains to south.

The route south passes within 30km of K2, although it requires 10 day trick to see K2. So where is K1?, well K1 is the Karakurum mountains of Pakistan - see all that tomorrow.

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New travel hotelNew travel hotel
New travel hotel

Area is picking up as adventure tourism route, need to stay here if want to cross Khunjerab pass in daylight, we did!
what is for supper?what is for supper?
what is for supper?

Well we had guide, pleased to help, but otherwise might be pictures. Wether U eat it depends how hungry you are. Sickness, till now only one spell after bit dairy product in Nayrn - Kyrgyz.
Flat hatsFlat hats
Flat hats

So ladies don't really like having their photos taken. But hats and their sing-song lyric when they speak were different.
Small marketSmall market
Small market

Still open at 7pm on Sunday, but quiet as less people live here.
Shops in townShops in town
Shops in town

Had lots to offer, except a fleese or warm jumper and some UK corn-flakes, but would I risk milk again?
Kashigurgan FortKashigurgan Fort
Kashigurgan Fort

Another relic from silk road days. This lies on end of Wakhan corridor extending from Afghanistan, a place of tremendous significance in the region, a long way from China's control.

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