I am a Malaysian working in China. I have been based in Beijing for two years and have had the opportunities to visit many places in China as part of my work. Xinjiang is on my “must visit” list of locations before I leave China. I have chosen Kashgar as the destination for my first visit to Xinjiang due to its unique position in history as the gateway on the ancient Silk Road to the East.
I visited www.xinjiangtravel.com
and found the website to be well organized, informative and up to date. This gave me the confidence to contact them. I received prompt and detailed reply from Abdul.
My three-day tour at Kashgar consist of the trip to Karakul lake via the KKH highway, tour of the old city and bazaars and a visit to the Taklamakan desert.
The KKH highway trip to the Karakul lake was like none others. The views were magnificent, despite the misty sky in April. The farm houses, Tibetan yaks and the Kyrgyz home visit were all very unique experiences. My driver Alim, is a very reliable driver. He drives safely and defensively. I was provided with a good and comfortable 4WD.
I highly recommend visiting the bazaars and the old city. My tour guide, Tudajim is helpful, knowledgeable and speaks excellent English. He was able to explain and relate various subjects during the bazaar and old city tour, giving me a very good understanding of the life, history and culture of the Uyghurs. I strongly recommend that anyone visiting Kashgar to secure a local Uyghur guide like Tudajim. There are small details and background information that only a local Uyghur guide can provide.
Kashgar, due to its unique location at the furthest west of China, has an entirely different experience as compared to other tourist destinations in China. I was put up at the Tian Yuan Hotel near the city center. This is a high value 4 star hotel, managed by a Singaporean manager. The location is convenient for a walk to the numerous local restaurants to sample the local delicacies. Don’t worry, it is completely safe to do so.
Loi from Malaysia!