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Kashgar

China 2012

Kashgar, also known as Kashi, is a city located in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in northwest China. It is one of the oldest and most important cultural and commercial centers in the region. Here are some key points about Kashgar:

Location: Kashgar is situated in the westernmost part of China, near the borders with Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Pakistan. It lies at the foot of the Pamir Mountains and is surrounded by vast deserts and high mountain ranges.

History: Kashgar has a rich history that dates back over 2,000 years. It has been an important hub along the ancient Silk Road, facilitating trade and cultural exchange between China, Central Asia, and the Middle East.

Culture: The city has a diverse cultural heritage, with influences from various ethnic groups such as Uighurs, Tajiks, Kazakhs, and Uzbeks. The Uighur people, who are predominantly Muslim, form the largest ethnic group in Kashgar.

Old City: Kashgar's Old City, also known as the Kashgar Ancient Town, is a major attraction. It is one of the best-preserved examples of traditional Islamic architecture in Central Asia. The narrow streets, mud-brick houses, and bustling bazaars give visitors a glimpse into the city's vibrant past.

Id Kah Mosque: The Id Kah Mosque is the largest mosque in China and a significant religious site for Muslims in the region. Its construction began in the 15th century and has since undergone several renovations. The mosque can accommodate thousands of worshippers during religious festivals.

Modern Development: In recent years, Kashgar has undergone significant modernization and development efforts by the Chinese government. The city has seen infrastructure improvements, such as the construction of a modern airport, high-speed railway links, and new residential areas. These changes aim to boost economic growth and improve living standards in the region.

It's worth noting that the region of Xinjiang, where Kashgar is located, has also faced some controversies and international attention due to reported human rights issues and the Chinese government's policies regarding the Uighur population. These issues have raised concerns and prompted discussions on the treatment of ethnic minorities in the region.
This is only a short look at it when we were there in 2012, much has changed now we are informed.

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