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Gaotai Ancient Homes

Tuman Riverside, Southeast of old city, Kashi 844000, China
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Ranked #3 of 28 Attractions in Kashi
Type: Historic Sites
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65 reviews 65 reviews
17 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014 via mobile

The tension between the Han Chinese government and the Uighur's is palpable everywhere...and certainly plays out in this area. Under the guise of making the historic area safe from earthquakes, the Government is tearing down all traditional homes (and expropriating the land) and replacing them with much nicer replicas. The pros and cons of this will certainly be explained if... More

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Miaoli, Taiwan
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15 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

There are full of Uighur styles and still,are locals living inside.Also,there are some houses opened for tourists and you could find something interesting. The only bad thing is that the government is trying to tear the old houses down and built new ones.This thing happened all around China.

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Portland, Oregon
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47 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

Gaotai Ancient Homes is located next to the large bazaar. It was fun photographing the kids running through the lanes. There are artisans and local folks still living in the half old ruins of the Gaotai Homes. At times, I did feel a bit intrusive photographing. It was a popular place for photographers and there are some touristy elements. But... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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79 reviews 79 reviews
3 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

Beautiful, old part part of old Kashgar. But it is falling apart and large areas marked as "unsafe" for visit. The locals said that the area will be redeveloped and protected, and no longer open to tourist.

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XJ
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

Kashgar has been developed so quickly and most parts of the old city area are renewed. Locals call this area as Koziqi yarbeshi which is the only part not changed yet.

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shanghai
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133 reviews 133 reviews
59 attraction reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

Really enjoyed my time here - many photo opportunities and a glimpse into homes and the decor of times past. There is still active tourism within - potters, hat makers and hand made wares. I didn't use a guide, I entered the village via a 'side' entrance across a vacant lot and left via the back area via the bridge... More

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Magog, Canada
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227 attraction reviews
280 helpful votes 280 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

We were about to enter the old town and had heard that you need to buy a ticket of some sort (no true) so we popped our head into a youth hostel just next to it (Kashgar Camel Youth Hostel). The guy was super friendly. He actually walked with us, great to have in this maze. He explained a few... More

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012

Ok if you come in via air then the excellent map they give you at baggage claim describes this as the old city kashgar. We got a taxi who dropped us at the main entrance next to the tourist toilets. We tried to walk in but a stubborn lady waved us away telling us it was closed and unsafe. She... More

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Beijing, China
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10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012

See what's left of the old quarter while you still can. There is still a decent sized chunk of old houses left, but a lot of them are crumbling apart and it seems few people actually still live there. The people who do live inside the old quarter are very friendly and we had several groups of people come out... More

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Taipei, Taiwan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2012

We visited the Gaotai Ancient Homes and found the Old enchanted Kashgar! I was a bit disappointed when I first arrived Kashi (well the new area) to see that it is modernized/standardized just every other major big cities in China. Anyhow, we had fun here and took photos with local kids! I strongly recommend a visit to Gaotai Ancient Homes

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