- Encounters with locals
- Place or Religious Monument
- Off the beaten track
Former capital of the Uyghur Kingdom, it was a major trading post between China and India, in particular when the latter was under British colonial rule. As a result the town is steeped in history and boasts some amazing architecture. Today, it comprises of a modern Chinese town and the vestiges of the ancient Uyghur city , complete with the pretty Altun Mosque complex, a beautiful Muslim cemetary and the Yarkand Royal Graveyard.
One impressive tomb is that of a local poet, Aman Isa Khan. She was wife to one of the 16th Century's Khans and wrote several famous poems. Her tomb is decorated with intricate carvings and inscriptions.
Hiking fans will love the surrounding countryside - an arid landscape with some excellent trails.