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Along the Silk Road from Korla to Kashgar, 2015/09

In Brief: Fresh photos from a seven-day expedition along the Silk Road, with stops in Korla, Kuqa, Aksu, and Kashgar.

Team photo! - Along the Silk Road from Korla to Kashgar, 2015/09

During the October Golden Week holiday we made a seven-day expedition along the Silk Road, with stops in Korla, Kuqa, Aksu, and Kashgar.

As well as checking out the sights in the old oasis towns that were key stops on the journey to the west we camped a night in Baicheng, where we hiked in some stunning scenery that’s well off of the tourist track.

Photos below!

Our jeeps coming through the toll gate, ready to get started on the Silk Road - Along the Silk Road from Korla to Kashgar, 2015/09

Our jeeps coming through the toll gate, ready to get started on the Silk Road.

We stopped off for hikes along the way. Here we hiked up into a narrow valley, sharing the trail with sheep - Along the Silk Road from Korla to Kashgar, 2015/09

We stopped off for hikes along the way. Here we hiked up into a narrow valley, sharing the trail with sheep.

A stream in the valley - Along the Silk Road from Korla to Kashgar, 2015/09

A stream in the valley.

Crossing over - Along the Silk Road from Korla to Kashgar, 2015/09

Crossing over.

The hiking team - Along the Silk Road from Korla to Kashgar, 2015/09

The hiking team.

Further along the journey, spices for sale in a small town - Along the Silk Road from Korla to Kashgar, 2015/09

Further along the journey, spices for sale in a small town.

Hiking in the Luntai area - Along the Silk Road from Korla to Kashgar, 2015/09

Hiking in the Luntai area.

Silhouetted on the ridgeline - Along the Silk Road from Korla to Kashgar, 2015/09

Silhouetted on the ridgeline.

Some pretty slippery going here! - Along the Silk Road from Korla to Kashgar, 2015/09

Some pretty slippery going here!

We got deeper into the hills - Along the Silk Road from Korla to Kashgar, 2015/09

We got deeper into the hills.

Checking out the old quarter of Kuqa - Along the Silk Road from Korla to Kashgar, 2015/09

Checking out the old quarter of Kuqa.

A little store in the town - Along the Silk Road from Korla to Kashgar, 2015/09

A little store in the town.

Fruit for sale at a small street market - Along the Silk Road from Korla to Kashgar, 2015/09

Fruit for sale at a small street market.

Hanging out at the town square - Along the Silk Road from Korla to Kashgar, 2015/09

Hanging out at the town square.

Street scene at the market - Along the Silk Road from Korla to Kashgar, 2015/09

Street scene at the market.

Very blue! - Along the Silk Road from Korla to Kashgar, 2015/09

Very blue!

Not sure what this game is. Looks a wee bit like Go, but with a much smaller board - Along the Silk Road from Korla to Kashgar, 2015/09

Not sure what this game is. Looks a wee bit like Go, but with a much smaller board.

Butcher - Along the Silk Road from Korla to Kashgar, 2015/09

Butcher.

Fresh bread - Along the Silk Road from Korla to Kashgar, 2015/09

Fresh bread.

Team photo in the old quarter of Kuqa - Along the Silk Road from Korla to Kashgar, 2015/09

Team photo in the old quarter of Kuqa.

Part of the ruined city of Subashi - Along the Silk Road from Korla to Kashgar, 2015/09

Part of the ruined city of Subashi.

Hiking near the Dakziliya Canyon - Along the Silk Road from Korla to Kashgar, 2015/09

Hiking near the Dakziliya Canyon.

Further up into the canyon - Along the Silk Road from Korla to Kashgar, 2015/09

Further up into the canyon.

We preferred the side trail to the boardwalk - Along the Silk Road from Korla to Kashgar, 2015/09

We preferred the side trail to the boardwalk.

Narrower and narrower - Along the Silk Road from Korla to Kashgar, 2015/09

Narrower and narrower.

Amazing colours in the hills - Along the Silk Road from Korla to Kashgar, 2015/09

Amazing colours in the hills.

We climbed up to a high point in the hills near Baicheng - Along the Silk Road from Korla to Kashgar, 2015/09

We climbed up to a high point in the hills near Baicheng.

Heading back to the campsite - Along the Silk Road from Korla to Kashgar, 2015/09

Heading back to the campsite.

The last obstacle - Along the Silk Road from Korla to Kashgar, 2015/09

The last obstacle.

Another nice silhouette shot - Along the Silk Road from Korla to Kashgar, 2015/09

Another nice silhouette shot.

The caves at Kizil - Along the Silk Road from Korla to Kashgar, 2015/09

The caves at Kizil.

We did another short hike near the Kizil Caves - Along the Silk Road from Korla to Kashgar, 2015/09

We did another short hike near the Kizil Caves.

More interesting colours in the hills here - Along the Silk Road from Korla to Kashgar, 2015/09

More interesting colours in the hills here.

Fresh-pressed pomegranate juice for sale - Along the Silk Road from Korla to Kashgar, 2015/09

Fresh-pressed pomegranate juice for sale.

Men, balconies, carpets, in Kashgar - Along the Silk Road from Korla to Kashgar, 2015/09

Men, balconies, carpets, in Kashgar.

With our Kashgar guide - Along the Silk Road from Korla to Kashgar, 2015/09

With our Kashgar guide.

Tomb of Xiangfei - Along the Silk Road from Korla to Kashgar, 2015/09

Tomb of Xiangfei.

Getting extra information about the tomb - Along the Silk Road from Korla to Kashgar, 2015/09

Getting extra information about the tomb.

The old city in Kashgar - Along the Silk Road from Korla to Kashgar, 2015/09

The old city in Kashgar.

A cow?! - Along the Silk Road from Korla to Kashgar, 2015/09

A cow?!

Photo with a youngster - Along the Silk Road from Korla to Kashgar, 2015/09

Photo with a youngster.

Inside a mosque - Along the Silk Road from Korla to Kashgar, 2015/09

Inside a mosque.

We took a stroll about Kashgar - Along the Silk Road from Korla to Kashgar, 2015/09

We took a stroll about Kashgar.

Photo with a youngster - Along the Silk Road from Korla to Kashgar, 2015/09

Photo with a youngster.

Happy kids - Along the Silk Road from Korla to Kashgar, 2015/09

Happy kids.

He looks rather determined, whatever it is he’s doing - Along the Silk Road from Korla to Kashgar, 2015/09

He looks rather determined, whatever it is he’s doing.

Special milky drink fountain - Along the Silk Road from Korla to Kashgar, 2015/09

Special milky drink fountain.

Street scene in Kashgar - Along the Silk Road from Korla to Kashgar, 2015/09

Street scene in Kashgar.

Hats for sale - Along the Silk Road from Korla to Kashgar, 2015/09

Hats for sale.

“The Feeling of Tea House” - Along the Silk Road from Korla to Kashgar, 2015/09

“The Feeling of Tea House”.

Working with a lathe - Along the Silk Road from Korla to Kashgar, 2015/09

Working with a lathe.

Fresh naan bread! - Along the Silk Road from Korla to Kashgar, 2015/09

Fresh naan bread!

Lovely architecture - Along the Silk Road from Korla to Kashgar, 2015/09

Lovely architecture.

Doors in the old town - Along the Silk Road from Korla to Kashgar, 2015/09

Doors in the old town.

Kids and bikes - Along the Silk Road from Korla to Kashgar, 2015/09

Kids and bikes.

Some serious soup at the livestock market - Along the Silk Road from Korla to Kashgar, 2015/09

Some serious soup at the livestock market.

Donkey bus - Along the Silk Road from Korla to Kashgar, 2015/09

Donkey bus.

Rope for sale at the livestock market - Along the Silk Road from Korla to Kashgar, 2015/09

Rope for sale at the livestock market.

Looks like a good bull - Along the Silk Road from Korla to Kashgar, 2015/09

Looks like a good bull.

Getting a tidy up - Along the Silk Road from Korla to Kashgar, 2015/09

Getting a tidy up.

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