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Area in Yarkand

Yarkand Old Town

To escape modern Yarkand's uninspiring grid system, take a walk in the Old Town to the east of the Altun Mosque, where craftsmen still work their wares with ball-peen hammers and grindstones, several workshops churn…
Uyghur in Yarkand

Turkan

It's easy to spot this excellent place: look for the large 'Tea Coffee' sign in English on the awning. Inside it's a well-appointed place with white-gloved waiters rushing dishes from a pictorial menu to the well-he…
Mosque in Yarkand

Altun Mosque Complex

Yarkand’s main sights are clustered around its charming central 18th-century mosque. The surrounding sprawling cemetery is home to several other impressive shrines, with white flags marking the graves of pir (holy m…
Tomb in Yarkand

Mausoleum of Ammanisahan

This mausoleum commemorates a 16th-century Yarkand Uyghur queen and musician famed for her work collecting Uyghur muqam music. Behind the tomb is the central mazar (tomb) of her husband Sultan Sayid Khan, the founde…