Must-see attractions in Kashgar

  • Shipton's Arch near Kashgar, Xinjiang, China.

    Shipton’s Arch


    This extraordinary natural rock arch (the rather prosaic Uyghur name means simply ‘mountain with a hole in it’) is one of the tallest on earth. The first…

  • Buyers and sellers at sheep pens during the Sunday Livestock Market and Bazaar 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 Uyghur farmers and…

  • 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…

  • Kashgar Old Town


    The Old Town is the soul of Kashgar, and as such the government has spent much of the past two decades knocking it down block by block and building a…

  • 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 Xinjiang),…

  • Abakh Hoja Mausoleum


    This 3-hectare mausoleum complex was built by the Khoja family, who ruled the region in the 17th and 18th centuries. Widely considered the holiest Muslim…

  • Mor Pagoda


    At the end of a 45km drive northeast of Kashgar are the ruins of Ha Noi, a Tang-dynasty town built in the 7th century and abandoned in the 12th century…

  • Kashgar Museum


    This regional museum is not as good as some of the other excellent local museums in Xinjiang, but it's free and includes an incredible 6th-century…

  • 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…