the western border of the Taklimakan Desert
in southwest Xinjiang, there is a beautiful
oasis, in the center of which stands the
old and ancient charming city of Kashgar
Kashgar used to be the last stop within
China's boundary on the Silk Road leading to the
western regions and has a history of 2,100 years.
It was called Shule during the Eastern Han Dynasty.
At that time, General Ban Chao suppressed the
rebellion of the Xiongnus (Huns) and stationed
his army here. It was also from here that he sent
his envoy Gan Ying to Rome and Parthis. During
the Tang Dynasty, Shule was one of the four towns
of the Anxi region and saw a busy flow of merchants
and trade caravans traveling on the Silk Road.
During the tenth century, most inhabitants of
the area, including those of Kashgar , who were
Islamic, gradually unified their languages, customs,
and life styles to become the Uygur nationality.
all the trading activity, one couldn't call
Kashgar 'laid-back', but it has a great
atmosphere and it is a fine place to settle
back for a week or so. Kashgar is marked
by the strong national customs of the Uygur
people, who are known to be very hospitable,
good at singing and dancing, and many of
the women still wear veils. The town is
also a good launching pad for trips along
the southern Silk Road to Hotan, over the
Torugart Pass to Kyrgyzstan or south to
beautiful Karakul Lake and the stunning
Karakoram Highway to Pakistan.
Kashgar experiences blistering hot
summers, although at 1290m above sea level it's
cooler than Turpan and other stops along the Xinjiang
section of the Silk Road.
Yunnan is a perfect showpiece of China's
many natural wonders, rugged, wild, and unspoiled. The province
is famed for its multitude of ethnic groups, of China's fifty-five
officially recognized ethnic minorities, twenty-five can be
found in Yunnan. Here visitors could find snow-capped mountains,
mysterious deep valleys, peaceful highland lakes, magnificent
Karst hills, tropical rainforests, and torrential rivers.
As the capital of China, Beijing is the
political, cultural, and intellectual center of the country.
Beijing has so much to offer travelers. The celebrated tourist
center is filled with historical highlights, the most well known
ones are: Great Wall, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Temple
of Heaven, Ming Tombs...
Tibet Autonomous Region, a mystical land
called "the Roof of the World", more than 50 peaks in this area
are higher than 7,000 meters, and 11 peaks exceed 8,000 meters.
Mt. Everest - the world's highest peak is located in Tibet.
Tibet offers fabulous things to see, including unique Buddhist
monastery, breathtaking high-altitude lakes, stunning views
of the snow mountains and brilliant Tibetan culture.