Two-thousand-year-old Kashgar is unlike any other place in China. Its population is made up in great part by the Turkic Uighur people prevalent in western China rather than the majority Han Chinese. Both the northern and southern caravan routes around the Taklamakan Desert converged at the Kashgar oasis.
This fabled city greeted Marco Polo in the 13th century as he entered the Middle Kingdom, and retains the exotic air and immense appeal of medieval Asia. Kashgar is one of the most isolated cities in the world and boasts a huge Sunday market. It is also home to the largest mosque in China, and one of the only remaining statues of Mao Zedong.
PUBLISHED: July 18, 2013