Attractions

Cave in Kuqa

Kizil Thousand Buddha Caves

Seventy-five kilometres northwest of Kuqa, this is the largest Buddhist cave-art site in Xīnjiāng. One of the main reasons to come here is for the incredible landscapes you see along the way: bleak and empty jagged …
Ruins in Kuqa

Sūbāshí

Sūbāshí was a Buddhist complex that thrived from the 3rd to 13th centuries. It's less visited than other ancient cities in Xīnjiāng, but with its starkly beautiful desert setting, it's worth the trip – Sūbāshí is a …
Mosque in Kuqa

Great Mosque

Kuqa's Great Mosque, rebuilt in 1932 on the site of a 16th-century original, is the second largest in Xīnjiāng. (The largest is the Id Kah Mosque in Kashgar.) It's a wonderfully quiet and meditative space, with a hu…
Market in Kuqa

Sunday Bazaar

Every Sunday, a large bazaar is held next to the bridge over the Kuqa River on Renmin Lu, which leads into the Uighur Old Town – about 2.5km west of the modern town. The market is no rival to Kashgar’s, but you won’…
Mosque in Kuqa

Rasta Mosque

The charmingly painted Rasta Mosque, about 2.5km west of the modern town, draws a throng of worshippers at Friday lunchtime. The rest of the time it's quietly neglected and you're welcome to wander into its courtyar…
Museum in Kuqa

Qiuci Palace

Located in the old town, 3.5km west of the centre, is the rebuilt Qiuci Palace, the residence of the kings of Qiuci until the early 20th century. To be frank the entry fee is far too expensive and the exhibits munda…
Tomb in Kuqa

Maulana Ashiddin Mazar

This timeless green-tiled mosque and tomb of a 13th-century Arabian missionary is surrounded by a sea of graves and overflows with worshippers at Friday lunchtime prayers. It’s a 10-minute walk from central Kuga, al…