Kashgar Travel Guide

Kashgar Travel Guide

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Chinese Name: 喀什 (kā shí)
Location: Lying between 73 20' - 70 57' east longitude and 35 20' - 40 18' north latitude, bordering the Taklamakan desert in the east, the Kunlun Mountains Range and Ali prefecture of in the south

Population: 200, 000
Total Area: 162,000 square kilometers
Nationalities: Han, Hui, Uygur, Kyrgyz, Tajik and Uzbek
Zip Code: 844000
Area Code: 0998
Administrative Division: one city (Kashgar City) and eleven counties
Neighboring areas: Gansu province and Qinghai province, Tibet Autonomous Region, Taklimakan Desert,  Russia, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kirghizia, Pakistan


As an important trading center of ancient Silk Road, Kashgar is a place with strong tinge of ethnic custom, and rich in historical and natural resources. It is well know as a top tourist destination in west China. There are so many charming places to visit, such as Abakh Khoja TombId Kah Mosque, Karakul Lake, kashgar Bazaar, Kashgar Old Town, Stone City and Three Immortals Buddhist Caves.

 Other Scenic Spots: Kunlun Mountains, K2 Mountain, Mt. Kongur, Yarhant River, Kashgar River

Distinctive Local Musical instrument
Distinctive Local Musical Instrument
Abakh Khoja Tomb
Abakh Khoja Tomb

Recommended Tour Itinerary

Classical Silk Road: 14 days, Urumqi, Kashgar, Turpan, Dunhuang, Xi'an, Shanghai
Trip to Urumqi, Kashgar: 6 days along Silk Road
Hiking Adventure

Kashgar Airport, located about 10 kilometers (about 6 miles) north of city center, is capable of accommodating incoming and outgoing flights to destinations both domestic and international, including Urumqi, Hotan, Kuqa, Aksu, Kirghizia, Islamabad, Osh, Andijan and Uzbekistan. Kashgar Railway Station, only about 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) away from the city center, has daily trains running to and from Urumqi. It is also easily accessible by long-distance bus to go to other cities in and around Xinjiang from this city. Traveling around the city, the city-bus and taxi are good options.



Mainly a continental climate; long periods of sunshine and little rainfall; vary greatly with topography as plain climate, desert climate and mountain climate; frost-free period of 215 days; short warm winter and long cool summer; vary considerably between day and night; clear four seasons; average temperature: 11.7 C annually with the lowest of -24.4 C and the highest of 40.1 C; rainfall: 27 mm annually.

The best time to pay a visit is between August and September, when the sky is blue and there is blossom and fruit on the trees. It is recommended that you wear a light top with long sleeves and a hat for protection from strong UV radiation.

Kashgar Travel Tips

 Physical Features: two river systems of the Yarkant River and the Kashgar River with a total annual runoff of 10.9 to 11.9 billion cubic meters; located at the west of the Taklamakan Desert at the feet of the Tian Shan mountain range.

 History: a history of more than 2000 years; belonged to the Zhuangpu prefectural General's Office of the HunIn in Han dynasty; thereafter, submitted to the authorities of the Western Han dynasty after the trading links with Han formed by Zhang Qian - the special envoy to the Western Region sent by Emperor Wudi; one of the four important towns in Anxi during Tang dyansty; later becoming the seat of government of the Kashgar Councillor in Qing dynasty.

 Local Products: wheat, maize cotton, barley, highland barley, rape, sesame, peanuts, flax, crafts, roast lamb, shishi-kebab, and baled fish

 Local Highlights: There are a lot of festivals full of joyful with deep traditional culture and custom here, such as Corban Festival, Roza Festival and Nuo Ruzi Festival. During the festival, people can enjoy the wonderful local songs and dances.

- Last modified on Sep. 11, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Kashgar Travel
Asked by weerawat from THAILAND | Sep. 30, 2019 23:40Reply
I want to go to Tashkurgan from Kashgar,
If i get the permit from Kashgar Tourist Center already, Do i still need travel agency to bring me there? or i can go by myself
Answers (1)
Answered by Olivia from UNITED KINGDOM | Oct. 09, 2019 01:36

You can travel by yourself.
Asked by Teevara from THAILAND | Sep. 13, 2019 21:19Reply
I want to go to Tashkurgan from Kashgar
My plan going to Tashkurgan by pubic bus and return by Taxi so i have China Visa so
1. Have i need special permit ? If i need where i can apply ?
2.How much the cost for Taxi return from Tashkurgan to Kashgar ?
3. If you have any contact of travel agency at Kashgar Please tell me

Answers (1)
Answered by Kathay from USA | Sep. 16, 2019 23:46

1. Yes, you need to go to West Tianshan Raod, Kashgar Tourist Center, to apply for a border permit.
2. I'm afraid there is no taxi driver to take between them. You need to take bus from Tashkurgan Coach station. It departs from 9:00 to 15:00 with interval of 1 hour.
Asked by Andrej Baco from SLOVAKIA | Jun. 08, 2019 07:04Reply
Do I need a special permit for Karakorum Highway?

I am a Slovak and I am planning to cross karakorum Highway from kasgar to Islamabad. I will start in kirgistan a than i will cross the border with China and a will go to Kasgar and from there how I wrote. I would like to ask you if I really need some permit for this area ? and if i need some guide ?

Thank you so much.
Andrej Baco
Answers (1)
Answered by Jeremy from AUSTRALIA | Jun. 11, 2019 00:52

As I know, no other permit is needed as long as you have a Chinese visa. If you travel by car and have GPS, then you may not need a guide.
Asked by Ahmed from YEMEN | Mar. 11, 2019 10:28Reply
Do I need a permit to travel to xinjiang as I am Arabic
I am Arabia, student in Ningbo university, I have a lot of xinjiang friends, and I would like to travel to xinjiang , my question is that do I need I permit for my travel , and if I have friends there , could they entertain me , I mean can I stay at their home , I would like to experience their life .
Thank you
Answers (1)
Answered by Mason from CANADA | Mar. 18, 2019 01:41

As I know, you don't need a visa as long as you have a China visa.
Asked by Wayne from UNITED KINGDOM | Oct. 28, 2018 00:58Reply
Special travel permits needed from Kashgar to Dunhuang via the South Route Silk Road?

I would like to travel from Kashgar to Dunhuang in Gansu province along the south route of the Silk Road, the G315 national road, and specifically by long distance buses only. This route will take me briefly into northwest Qinghai before turning north into Gansu and towards Dunhuang.

I know that this route passes through some towns such as Hotan/Hetian, Qiemo/Qarqan, and many other smaller towns in southern Xinjiang.

My question is that since I am a foreigner with a British passport, will I need any special travel documents beyond my visa in order to travel through any of the towns along the way?

Thank you so much!
Answers (1)
Answered by Quent from FRANCE | Oct. 30, 2018 01:26

You don't need any special travel documents and just take care of your passport and Chinese visa. And some places are not allowed foreigners into, including Baibaha and Khunjerab Pass.
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