Attractions

Top Choice Natural Feature in Kashgar

Shipton’s Arch

This extraordinary natural rock arch (the rather prosaic Uighur name means simply ‘mountain with a hole in it’) is one of the tallest on earth. The first Westerner to describe it was Eric Shipton, the last British c…
Top Choice Market in Kashgar

Sunday Livestock Market

No visit to Kashgar is complete without a trip to the Livestock Market, which takes place once a week on Sunday. The day begins with Uighur farmers and herders trekking into the city from nearby villages. By lunchti…
Top Choice Market in Kashgar

Grand Sunday Bazaar

Kashgar’s main bazaar is open every day but really kicks it up a gear on Sunday. Step through the jam-packed entrance and allow your five senses to guide you through the market; spices and teas are an obvious highli…
Old Town in Kashgar

Kashgar Old Town

The Old Town is the soul of Kashgar, and as such the Chinese government has spent much of the past two decades knocking it down block by block and building a modern, soulless replacement. Yet it's still possible to …
Mosque in Kashgar

Id Kah Mosque

The yellow-tiled Id Kah Mosque, which dates from 1442, is the spiritual and physical heart of the city. Enormous (it's the largest mosque in Xīnjiāng), its courtyard and gardens can hold 20,000 people during the ann…
Tomb in Kashgar

Abakh Hoja Mausoleum

On the northeastern outskirts of town is the Abakh Hoja Mausoleum, a 3-hectare complex built by the Khoja family who ruled the region in the 17th and 18th centuries. Widely considered the holiest Muslim site in Xīnj…
Ruins in Kashgar

Mor Pagoda

At the end of a 45km drive northeast of town are the ruins of Ha Noi, a Tang-dynasty town built in the 7th century and abandoned in the 12th century. Little remains apart from an enigmatic pyramid-like structure and…
Museum in Kashgar

Kashgar Museum

This regional museum is not as good as some of the other excellent local museums in Xīnjiāng, but it's free and includes an incredible 6th century Buddhist urn and a mummy amid the otherwise rather forgettable colle…
Statue in Kashgar

Mao Statue

This giant statue of the great helmsman, across from People's Square, is referred to by locals as 'the pigeon keeper', for reasons that will become abundantly clear when you see it.