We did a special trip along the Silk Road, starting by flying into Korla, near Urumqi, and then driving all the way to Kashgar.
See the story and all the Silk Road sights in the photos below!
Views from the top of a hill in a yadan landform in the middle of nowhere.
This is one of the spots along the way where we stopped for a hike.
Colourful rocks found in the drab hills.
We visited the Grand Mosque at Kuqa.
Framed in front of a window inside the mosque.
Kuqa’s Grand Mosque is the second-biggest mosque in Xinjiang Province.
The tomb of the last king of Kuqa.
The gates to the mausoleum of the last king.
Kids on the street in Kuqa
‘Get out of there!’
Fresh naan bread.
A seller of spices and knick-knacks.
A outdoor fruit market in Kuqa.
The remains of the temple at Subashi.
A Han dynasty-era (206 BC–220 AD) tower stands almost 11 metres tall.
On the way to Baicheng we stopped at Dakziliya Grand Canyon for a hike.
Inside the canyon.
Clouds and blue sky.
Group photo at Dakziliya Grand Canyon.
We camped a night in the desert.
Not far from the campsite.
Good views from the top of the hill.
We stopped for a hike here on the way to Aksu.
Lunch time in a shady spot under the highway.
Testing the goods at a shopping street in Kashgar.
Pipes and colourful ornaments for sale.
Traditional clothing vs. modern style.
Traditional style of dresses.
Just the right time of year for peaches.
Pickled vegetables for sale.
Chatting on the street.
We walked through the streets on the way to the bazaar.
Covered hair is the local tradition for girls.
Locked themselves out?
Visit the dentist.
A mobile cobbler.
At the tomb of Xiangfei.
A place of worship inside the tomb area.
Front view of the tomb of Xiangfei.
A cemetary nearby the tomb.
Kashgar Livestock Market.
Off to market with you.
Cows for sale.
‘Take a look, I'll give you the best price!’
A goat family is separated.
Ropes and harnesses for sale.
The old Russian Consulate in Kashgar dates back to 1890.
The old town in Kashgar.
Kashgar's Old Town is slowly being demolished.
The minarets of a small mosque in the old town.
Any kind of pot you could ever need.
Handmade door ornaments.
Part of Kashgar's new town.
The Id Kar Mosque, biggest in Xinjiang.
Doves above the entrance to Id Kar Mosque.
Checking the merchandise.