Welcome to Kashgar
Locked away in the westernmost corner of China, closer to Tehran and Damascus than to Běijīng, Kashgar (喀什; Kāshí) has been the epicentre of regional trade and cultural exchange for more than two millennia.In recent years, modernity has swept through Kashgar, bringing waves of Han migrant workers and huge swathes of the old city have been bulldozed in the name of ‘progress’. Only a tiny section of the 'real' Old... Read More
Top experiences in Kashgar
All Inclusive Private Day Trip to Shipton's Arch from Kashgar
At 9: 30am Beijing time, you guide will meet you in your hotel lobby and take a private vehicle driving about 3 hours to Shipron’s Arch for about 125 miles (200 kilometers). Shipton’s Arch, Tianmen in Chinese, meaning "Heavenly Gate", is a conglomerate natural arch, west-northwest of Kashgar, near the village of Artush in Xinjiang, China. The arch was discovered by English mountaineer Eric Shipton in 1947 while he was traveling between Tashkent and Kashgar, though it was known by locals. However, it could not be verified of its location after his discovery. It was only as recently as May of the year 2000 that an expedition sponsored by National Geographic Magazine rediscovered the arch for foreigners thus it became well-known. Shipton's Arch is probably the world's tallest natural arch.The height of the arch is estimated to be 1,200 feet (370 meters). Travelers will be impressed by the natural view while hiking in the valley extending about 19 miles (30 kilometers). Upon arrival, your guide will lead your hike in the valley to get the best view of Shipton's Arch. Picnic lunch is included in the valley. Afterwards you will be transferred back your hotel where the trip concludes.
Central Asia on the Silk Road
Since opening up to travellers, China and its northwestern neighbours don’t seem quite as out-there a destination to some people – but they’re clearly not looking in the right places. This comprehensive 26-day journey from Beijing to Tashkent is one of those experiences that will stay with you for a lifetime. Picking up in the Chinese capital, you’ll visit the Uyghur province of Xinjiang, learning about the food, culture and history of this minority group. Then, we’ll leave China behind and venture into Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan to retrace part of the route that helped build empires: The Silk Road. From stunning snow-capped mountains to arid deserts, experience a side of Asia in a way that you’ll barely believe is real.
The Silk Road of China
Geographically and culturally, Northwest China is about as far away from “traditional China” as you can get without crossing the border. The source of the Silk Road – the ancient trade route that helped create the modern world – is unlike anything you’ll find in Beijing or Xi'an, and this 18-day adventure crossing the country via rail takes you deep into the China few ever see. Otherworldly experiences abound, both on train and off: watch the sun rise over the dunes outside Dunhuang, explore the world of the Muslim Uyghurs, spend the night in traditional yurts near Urumqi, and venture into the Taklamakan Desert to Kashgar. There’s more, of course, but we’ve got to keep a few secrets, right?