Saturday, October 20, 2007
Wednesday, November 30, 2005
China Taklamakan Desert
Trip cost around 100 USD for each person which includes the traveling and guided tour, but our guide didnt speak any english :-))). The translation was done by a 11 year old girl who was travelling with us with her mom.
After we arrive there we realize that it was not a real desert, may be just a part of Taklamakan desert for tourist ......., but anyway good enough to take picture and to take pictures. We had a choice to either rent a desert Hovercraft or camel, but we choose the camel. it was a nice 30 min ride in desert. we came back to Kashgar around 1700.
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Even though the culture and old heritage is fading away very quickly or it is better to say that Kashgar is become more commercial. Chinese and Uygur does not mix too much, Chinese and Uygur dominant places and saperated in this city. we have been visiting both chinese and Uygur areas and enjoyed the food and historical places.
Sheesh Kabab restaurant .... very cheap and extremely delicious. in average we spent 1 USD for two person for a big meal
Spicy and dry froot shop
A house in Old town in Kashgar(you need to pay some money to enter to the old town of Kashar, plus a guided tour .. of course the guid didnt speak any english)
Some children in old town
Old town view
Bazar in Kashgar on the way to Id Kah Mosque
People's park, Statue of Mao
A home in old town
Id Kah Mosque, it was built in 1442
Some history of Id Kah Mosque
Inside of Id Kah Mosque, around 20,000 people can worship
Id Kah mosque
Id Kah mosque
Monday, November 28, 2005
China Karakul Lake
There you can have a good view of massive Muztagh Ata (24757 ft /7546 m), the "Father of the Ice Moountains". The glaciers and snowfields are overwhelming. The high wind swept the plateaus between the parallel ranges that constitute the Pamirs, the "Roof of the World"(called the
There are two settlements of
A mosque in the village.
One of our host, enjoying Kirgiz music
Ignacio wih a Kirgyz hat and our host.
nice view of Muztagata Mountain
Kirgyz family, this is the place we spent the night
Kirgyz women preparing dinner
we are starring a camel ride from Karakul lake to the village
our host, the guy on the left is a Kirgyz musican, he plays key board
Me and Kirgyz women near Muztagata Mountain
having some tea with locals. plus we tried the yak cheese and kirgyz tea
yaks (for those who dont know how they look like ....)
Nice chinese made 4x4 jeep
Sunday, November 27, 2005
Saturday, November 26, 2005
Khunjerab Pass (the higest border crossing in the world)
The intresting thing happened when we get to Tashkurgan/China the first village near the border, at that point we had final imigration point in China. First the imigration officers cheacked our temperature(i think because of SARS/BirdFlue) and when my turn came, i handed in to the imigration officer my passort, then he asked about the medical certificate, all Pakistani national need to have medical certificate from a doctor in Sost in order to get to China, as i wasnt aware about it, so i didnt get any... i told him that i dont have it as i wasnt aware of it....he said, without it i can not enter to China, he told me in Urdu pakistan wapis chaloo, which means go back to Pakistan, i almost panicked and my chances to go to China was fading away, i showed him my KELA card and my medical insurance from Finland, which off course didnt help much, and after a long discussion he let me in.