Introduction to Our Recent Trip to Western China, Xinjiang and Hunza — BY ALI KARIM on Simerg com| Part One & Two with Photos, Video

My wife Dilshad and I had been dreaming about travelling along the Silk Road in China and Pakistan for years, and so when we had an Expo we needed to attend in Shanghai, and since the season was right, we decided to make this trip happen in May/June of this year. Since Western China, Xinjiang and Hunza are remote and non-touristy places, we had to spend several months researching and planning the trip; what to see and what to do.

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Explanatory poster about the Tajik nationality in Xinjiang, which mentions the Ismailis

Explanatory poster about the Tajik nationality in Xinjiang, which mentions the Ismailis (referred as “Ismay” in the write-up). Photo: Ali Karim. Copyright.

The Hui mosque was closed, unfortunately. It is only open at prayer time

The Hui mosque was closed, unfortunately. It is only open at prayer time. Photo: Ali Karim. Copyright.

Local transportation at Turpan’s buoyant evening market, with people of all ages.

Local transportation at Turpan’s buoyant evening market, with people of all ages. Photo: Ali Karim. Copyright

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Part Two: More of Turpan and Historic Kashgar

Kashgar’s Id Kah mosque and the huge square in front of it. The 15th century mosque can accommodate up to 10,000 worshipers.

Kashgar’s Id Kah mosque and the huge square in front of it. The 15th century mosque can accommodate up to 10,000 worshipers. Photo: Ali Karim. Copyright.

Grape vines are off to Turpan market in the morning, complete with a toddler in a 3-wheeler.

Grape vines are off to Turpan market in the morning, complete with a toddler in a 3-wheeler. Photo: Ali Karim. Copyright.

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