Kashgar sits in a remote corner of western
China but has thrived for two millennia
as a crossroads on the Silk Road. The city
is rightly famous for its Sunday Market
with tens of thousands of people buying
produce ranging from local fruits to
traditional clothing and live animals.
The local inhabitants are Uighur Muslims
and the Islamic influence is present at the
Id Kah Mosque, the Abakh Khoja Tomb and
the many bustling bazaars. You will also
notice a difference in the local food which
is similar to that in Central Asia.
Travel to the far reaches of the Silk Road
and you will pass through the gateway
city of Urumqi. While here don’t miss a
day trip to Heavenly Lake, a beautiful
world of lush forest, sparkling water and
Heavenly Lake, known locally as Tian Chi,
is at an elevation of 2,000 metres in the
Bogda Shan range of mountains. Enjoy
the scenery on a boat ride across the lake
or by walking around the shore.