Kashgar aka: Kashi, قەشقەر, K̡ǝxk̡ǝr, 喀什Sunday Market and Id Kah Mosque. Kashgar is featured on the lists Prominent Cities in Xinjiang and The "I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore" List.
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I was in Kashgar three times (almost four but in 1999 the weather prevented us from reaching it), from 2001 – 2004. I’ve seen with my own eyes how Kashgar is changing. Even at the beginning of the 20th century Kashgar consisted of an Uyghur town right next to the Han Chinese town, with the two groups hardly mixing and carrying on their own lives. It’s still like that but the Chinese are trying hard to become the majority by “exporting” people to the Chinese far west.
By 2002 there were rumors the Chinese wanted to raze down the old Uyghur area of the city and modernize everything – I went round and photographed as much as I could of what it was like, and of the unique Uyghur architecture still left.
And then in 2004:
Seeing more recent photographs here makes me sad – Kashgar is still changing, and not for the best. But the hospitable Uyghurs are a strong people: I am certain Kashgar will remain a fascinating place where cultures clash but none ever wins.
I want to go back!over 7 years ago
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