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Address: Foot of Mushitage Peak, Kashi 844000, China
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Kashgar - Yarkand area... ancient history

After my Chinese studies of course I had to go see. So I took a trip to Kashgar, Yarkand and the Lake Karakul. Kashgar used to be at least as famous as Timboektoe. On the China... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 17, 2014
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Antwerp, Belgium
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67 reviews 67 reviews
29 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

After my Chinese studies of course I had to go see. So I took a trip to Kashgar, Yarkand and the Lake Karakul. Kashgar used to be at least as famous as Timboektoe. On the China Silk Road it was one of the largest most famous markets in the ancient world for thousands of years. It still is a beautiful... More 

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Fort Pierce, Florida
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135 reviews 135 reviews
66 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This is a looooong drive. The remoteness and isolation on the journey are stark. Much of the road is under construction and the trip may be arduous. Mountainous: sandy, gravelly, sometimes colorful, sometimes snow covered. Nearing your destination you will see a glacier lake and even pass some souvenir sellers between check points! Glaciers are clearly visible and make great... More 

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Shanghai, China
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43 reviews 43 reviews
32 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

After an incredible drive along part of the Karakoram Highway I arrived at Lake Karakul to be met by a Kirgyz yurt owner, who took us to view his dwellings by the lakeside. These are living family yurts surrounded by 7000m mountains and great glaciers. The only negative are the under construction concrete yurts that are being built to house... More 

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Chengdu
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

A stunning place well worth to visit and spend the night in one of the local yurts. Although they look rather run down and you may be disappointed at first, it is really a nice experience. The only downside is that there is a lot of litter left by tourists, who seem to think you can throw your trash wherever... More 

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Chengdu, China
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53 reviews 53 reviews
29 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

We were supposed to spend a night in an Uyguyr tent at Karakul lake. But after having seen the lake, the tent and the condition of the environment, we opted out. The problem with tourism in China is that there is still a lot of littering going on. In many tourist spots an army of cleaners make sure the environment... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

The lake was much smaller than I expected. It was slow to charm but charm it did. At 3600m above sea level, it's the highest lake of the Pamir plateau. The magnificent snow-capped Muztagh Ata sets the background, yurts and stone houses where the Kyrgyz live dotted the lake side, the multi-peak glacier glistening in the sunlight, yaks herded by... More 

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Huaraz
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Lake Karakul located on the Karakoram Highway 200km outside Kashgar is a magnificent sight. The waters of this pristine lake are a brilliant turquoise colour in the sunshine and the lake is surrounded by splendid snow-capped mountains, the highest of them being the impressive Muztag Ata towering at 7546m above sea level. It is undoubtedly one of China's most impressive... More 

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Milano
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We visited Karakul lake while we were in Kashgar, It is not much far from Kashgar, but the road is not always good, so it will take a while. But the place is amazing. Can't miss it!!!

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Kuching, Malaysia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
16 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

I was really amazed by the mountain and the best thing was actually the whole experience ! We traveled on our own (cheaper and adventurous of course) by public bus. We were at the bus station as early 7am to take the earliest bus (8am- Beijing time), but that bus got cancelled and we took another bus (11am-beijing time). As... More 

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Brunei Darussalam
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Visited in March 2014 part of our 9 days tours from Kashgar to Tashkorgan. The entire lake was frozen surrounded with chunks of big clear iced rocks. All the yurts were vacant as no one, not even nomads stay at the lake during winter. Not a human in sight except for a few camels that roamed around, 3 of us... More 

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