Children’s Day in Kashgar

Yesterday was just the greatest holiday in Kashgar. Thousands of residents of Kashgar flooded the streets to celebrate Children’s Day. All primary school students got the day off school. Most parents took the day off work as well to celebrate the most lively holiday so far in Kashgar.

In the morning the parks were full of little kids running around with their plastic balls kicking and screaming with delight. Families were laughing and truly enjoying their holiday together. By mid-afternoon many of the little ones were worn out, but that didn’t stop anyone. Many children were napping in the grass in the parks or cuddled up in their parent’s arms. However, crowds continued to flood into the parks and main square. Despite the trays of little Chinese cup cakes topped with whipped cream selling for 1 RMB each on each corner the Kashgar favorite was still local made ice cream. Children put a stop to their bouncing games to enjoy an ice cream cone. When we passed by the main square in late afternoon the square was jammed packed. We weaved through the traffic on our electric bike to find that traffic had been stopped to let pedestrians cross the main road. The police stood by to control the crowds. When we reached our cafe we were slightly overwhelmed by all the people…we had no idea Kashgar had so many people! Anyway, June 1st was a holiday like no other. Today our little alleyway continues working quietly. Schools and offices return to normal. And at our cafe, business as usual!

Note: This article contributed to our blog from Gallery Cafe in Kashgar when they left from Kashgar middle of  last summer 2011. We missed Gallery Cafe!

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