Kashgar On A Budget

Everything costs.  For some it’s not the price, it’s the principle.  Rather than signing up with expensive and elite tours, they’d rather see the place, the real place.  So how?  Here’s a short guide of free or low budget things to do while you’re in Kashgar.  Whether you’re a budget traveler or you are just against the principle of joining a tour here’s a nice list of things to do in Kashgar compiled by The Gallery Cafe.

First and most obvious is the old town.  There is a section of the old town that comes with a price.  You pay about 15 yuan and get a guided tour.  This is the section by the river that will be preserved after the other parts of the old town are replaced.  But, for now if you walk into the market across the Id Kah mosque toward the Sunday Bazaar you will get the real taste of Kashgar.  Fruit sellers, buses and pedestrians merge into this authentic stretch that leads you to the Sunday Bazaar.  This road goes right through the heart of the old town.  If you don’t want to walk the whole way, take a motorbike with a wagon attached to it that holds anywhere from 2 to 15 people.  They start across from the mosque where the fruit sellers are and end by the Sunday Bazaar.  They cost 5mao a person.

Next is the animal market.  Located a little ways out of Kashgar city, it’s easiest to take a taxi out. It only runs on Sunday and the earlier you get out, the better.  The taxi ride should be no more than 15 yuan from anywhere in town.  The business of selling and purchasing animals is a serious matter in Kashgar.  Sheeps’ tails are felt and weighed.  Deals are made over handshakes and smiles.  Enormous kebabs can be purchased for 10 yuan a piece.  Its truly a unique experience.

Another must see is the Id Kah Mosque on Friday afternoon. Starting at around 3:00pm male residents of Kashgar start heading out to the mosque. By 3:30pm the entire square is full of men kneeling down for prayer. It is a sight that shouldn’t be missed.

So there you have it, a short and simple guide to Kashgar City.

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

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