The China Silk Road Tour won’t be complete without a visit to Kashgar, an old city with over 2,000 years of civilization in both culture and nature. This 2 days Kashgar cultural tour will provide you with an in-depth exploration of the brilliant Kashgar Old Town and Id Kah Mosque, the prosperous handicrafts streets as well as livestock markets, which definitely will refresh your cognition about this small city in Northwest China.
*Discover some interesting things or local souvenirs in Handicrafts Market.
*Amazed at the must-visit Local Livestock Market.
*Explore famous Id Kah Mosque, a complex of ancient buildings with strong ethnic style and religious characteristics.
- Day 1: Kashgar Arrival & Kashgar Tour (L)Kashgar Old Town, Handicrafts Market
Welcome to our 2 days Kashgar cultural tour! Upon your arrival at Kashgar airport, our local English-speaking tour guide and driver will pick you up from the exit gate by holding a welcome board with your name and your exploration begins!
No doubt the first site will be Kashgar Old Town. Kashgar’s spirit is in the old town with curved lanes distributed in the maze-like Islam blocks, which is the thing that bewilders you to be here. Eyes on face and camera in hands should be busiest during visit, elegant folk dwellings, neat streets, cozy tea houses gathering leisure old people, naughty kids playing in front of doors and bursting into laughter when you walking closely… soul warmth rising from bottom of hearts along your slowly wander.
Later, move on to the local Handicrafts Market. Spending some time in the handicrafts market is also a top things-to-do in Kashgar. Follow the local crowd to walk leisurely and stop at a stall interesting you or talking with those hawkers with ethnic faces. Do not forget to bargain when you are picking some as souvenirs.
Accommodation: Overnight in Kashgar
- Day 2: Kashgar Tour & Kashgar Departure (B, L)Local Livestock Market, Id Kah Mosque
Today you will further explore the amazing Kashgar! First, come to visit the Local Livestock Market. At suburb of Kashgar City, it is an interesting window for you to learn local culture and folk customs of South Xinjiang. It is said to be the largest livestock market in Asia, mainly with trade of flocks and herds. Hawking from sellers, bargaining from buyers, moo and bleat from the animals forming a busy and down-to-earth scene before you.
After that, come to the largest Islam Mosque in Xinjiang - the Id Kah Mosque, whose birth could be traced back to 1442, in Ming Dynasty. It’s an ancient architectural complex sitting in the city center with strong ethnic and religious color, composed by four parts: the pagoda, garden, scripture hall and praying hall. Not only functioned as center for religious activities, is the Mosque also the place for local people to celebrate festivals. If you are lucky to visit it on a praying day and or festival day, you will meet an extreme busy scene that thousands of Islam followers gather on the Square.
Finishing the sightseeing, you will be dropped off at Kashgar airport for departure.