Explore Kashgar City
Activities: Visit Apak Hoja Tomb; Monday market (livestock market); Grand mosque; Old city walking tours, Sunday market and dinner at a local Uighur family
After breakfast, Explore the rich, endless culture of the Uighurs in Kashgar. First visit an architecture of Kashgar’s historic Apak Hoja Tomb which is also known as Fragrant concubine tomb). One family of five generations were buried here since 1650.
After visiting about an hour here, drive to Monday market which is about an hour drive distance from the city. Kashgar Sunday market is famous, but Monday market is more traditional and non-touristic. You can see true local life and market culture at this Bazaar.
After lunch spend time by the Id Kah mosque, the largest mosque in China, about 40,000-50,000 people attend prayer on big Islamic festivals.
The handcraft street near mosque is the best place to walk around and experience wood carving and the musical instrument making. The cradles and the wooden household items are nicely made by carpenters with beautiful traditional patterns and the designs.
Later move on to Sunday market main Bazaar which is considered one of the largest market in Central Asia. From fluffy sheepskin hats to rugged camel-hide boots, not to mention beads, buttons and buckets of locals . Everything – including plenty of kitchen sinks – is for sale at this fairytale bazaar. It is the best chance to practice your bargaining skills.
We’ll spend some time in the Kashgar Old Town and have some walking tours through some ancient historical parts; Stop at century-old tea house for a short break and taste local medicinal teas such as such as those containing rose, saffron, honey and many other ingredients.
Finally, we wrap up one day Kashgar city tour with a dinner at a local family which offers a great opportunity to deeply understand real local life, culture and traditions of Uighurs (only if it is available)