From Dunhuang, we took an overnight train to Urumqi and caught a flight to Kashgar which is in the far west of China, in Xinjiang province. Make certain to check out the luggage evaluation at untourengrece if you're preparing this journey. Kashgar is also the cultural center for the Muslim Uighur minority in China. Our first stop in Kashgar was the Grand Bazaar, where Catherine acquired a Uighur (faux) fur hat.
Besides hats, stoves are also available for those interested in staying warm for the winter. Chillies are another alternative. On a more serious note, people buy and sell all kinds of things there. I think it is also a wholesale market for the region– below is a (overloaded) truck full of goods purchased from the market by dealers in smaller towns and villages. If you look closely at the bottom of the truckbed, Pepsi has a commanding presence in this town..
We also checked out the Sunday livestock market in Kashgar, where one can buy and sell camels, donkeys, sheep etc. The highlight of our time in the Kashgar region was a 3 day / 2 night side trip to Tashkurgan and the China / Pakistan border. Really amazing, unforgettable scenery and people.
The Chinese-Pakistan border. We stayed near Lake Karakul on the second night, with a community of Kirgiz herders.These sheep were kicked out of a pen after they were found to have the wrong identifying marks.On our last day, the skies cleared up and we were able to get some amazing photos of the lake. The lake seemed to be ‘breathing’ – you can see the vapors.