Kashgar.. Exotic and Eclectic
(Continued from Part 1)
Exotic and eclectic, 2 fitting words to describe Kashgar. Eclectic in the way that it is divided into modern, rapidly developing zones and enclaves of old buildings dating to several centuries ago. The old, new and all in between coexist. Exotic in the cultural and religious past that still has a mark today.
Clearly, the people of Kashgar have seen the influence of Buddhism in the past and Islam in the present. Today, Kashgar is in a physical transformation that is changing the city, yet parts remain relatively permanent and unchanged.
The old parts of Kashgar are the attractions of the city. There exists still the timeless way of life in the narrow allies and houses outside of the high rise apartments and modern housing units.
The only regret in my visit to the Kashgar region is missing Shipton’s Arch, the largest natural stone arch in the natural world estimated to be the same height as the Empire State Building in New York City and was featured in National Geographic. As I had purchased a departing bus ticket, I proceeded in my plans to continued my return journey to Ürümqi and then to Dunhuang before heading home.