Mazar of Imam Asim

Tomb in Hotan

A few kilometres beyond Jíyà lies the tomb complex of Imam Asim (Tomb of Four Imams). It’s a popular pilgrimage site, particularly during May, and you’ll likely see groups of Uyghurs praying and chanting at the desert shrine, which is slowly being engulfed by the Taklamakan Desert. Buses to the town of Jíyà drop you 3km from the site, from where you should be able to hire a motorised cart to take you to the site.

On Thursdays in April and May, a pilgrim market springs up by the roadside, about 2km before the tomb, and buses run directly to the site from Hotan’s east bus station.