Asia  | 01/08/2016

Multicultural KASHGAR

Locked away in the westernmost corner of China (Xinjiang Province), physically closer to Tehran and Damascus than to Beijing, Kashgar has been the epicenter of regional trade and cultural exchange for more than two millennia.

In recent years’ modernity has swept through Kashgar like a sandstorm. The roads, rail and planes that now connect the city to the rest of China have brought waves of Han migrant workers and huge swaths of the old city have been bulldozed in the name of economic progress. Yet, in the face of these changes, the spirit of Kashgar lives on. Uighur artisans still hammer and chisel away in side alleys, traders haggle over deals in the boisterous bazaars and donkey carts still trundle their way through the suburbs.

So soak it in for a few days, eat a few kebabs, chat with the local carpet sellers and visit the holiest sites in Xinjiang. And the Sunday livestock market is the real deal, no matter how many tour buses roll up.



El Elefante de SUDAFRICA

Agosto 2017

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