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Getting there & away




There are seven buses from Hotan to Kashgar (Y65 to Y85, seven to 10 hours) from 9.30am to 4pm, including ‘expresses’ that are a labelled a bit optimistically. These buses also pass through Karghilik (Y30, five hours) and Yarkand (Y37, six hours).

The station was planning to institute rides into Sìchuān; you’ll be directed to an office on the second floor, though no English is spoken.

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In theory, there are daily flights between Hotan and Ürümqi (Y1250); if they leave, it’s always late in the evening. The CAAC office (251 2178; Urumqi Nanlu) is west of the main square. The airport is 10km west of town; a taxi there costs Y15.

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