Day 25

25. May 2000, Rest Day in Kashgar

Of the cities on our route so far, Kashgar is probably the one with the most "oriental" touch. The dusty streets are busy with all kind of vehicles: cars, bikes, donkeys, rikshas, trucks, etc, there are street merchants and all kinds of tradesmen: barbecue-sellers, woodcutters, ironsmiths, butchers, etc, and people from all walks of life: policemen, schoolchildren, beggars, veiled women, old men in traditional clothing. There is not much to see in Kashgar other then Kashgar itself but the atmosphere is unique.

Overall 1 hour 08 minutes penalty

The official results can be looked up on this website

A street in the old part of town

The mosque in Kashgar, the biggest in China, is currently being totally renovated

Entrance to the court yard of the mosque. There are many Uyghurs in the Xinjiang province. They speak a language similar to Turkish and believe in Islam. The Chinese governement tolerates their culture but is opposed to any independence movements.

After mobile phone, acoustic coupler, conference call to Germany, not give us access to our site, we resort to an Internet Cafe (John's) with the Windows built-in FTP program. Sami tried something similar in Toshkent, but a lady told him that he would not be allowed to do so because she could then not monitor what he is up- or downloading - good old Soviet thinking.
In some aspects, communist China seems to be more liberal than democratic central Asian states.



Market in Kashgar

Snooker is popular in the streets of Kashgar