Shipton's Arch
Shipton's Arch
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mpq_domanski
Krakow, Poland93 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Visited the place in August 2019 as a trip from Kashgar using our local travel agency Old Road Tours. Started very early and arrived just when the entry opened. Big visitor centre with a small shop (water, snacks) then one hour walk first along a dry river bed, then a bit up (wooden and metal stairs), finally several hundred wooden stairs to the arch which is comfortable however may be tiring due to heigth level and a bit thinner air. View from down is a bit misleading as to the real size of the arch - you must see and experience it by yourself. Take warm clothes (especially in the morning).
Written September 5, 2019
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Jeff H
Walnut, CA138 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018
There are very few attractions in China where you are not sharing your personal space and O2 with several other visitors. Shipton's Arch is reputedly the highest natural arch in the world and to get there requires that you hire a driver and hike uphill for about an hour. For most tourists, it's not worth the time and expense.

While the cost of hiring a private vehicle was high, we thoroughly enjoyed our visit in the midst of the summer. Try to arrive as early as possible. Even though the park opens at 9AM, we had to wait 45 minutes for someone to show up to open the gate. This was how popular the attraction was in the summer of 2018.

The trail up to the arch follows a wide canyon that starts out gently and gradually becomes narrower and steeper. It is very well marked and impossible to get lost. The final approach involves climbing a well-built stairway of about 300 steps.
Written May 7, 2019
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M M
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Couples
Photos do not do justice to this amazing place! You have to see it for yourselves! We booked a day trip with China Silk Road Tours. It was a 2-hour drive from Kashgar and another 2 hours hiking up and down. The hike up was not too bad - terrain was mostly rock, with some stairs and snow/ice (in winter). I would recommend bringing snacks and water as there were no shops around. Because it was winter, my husband and I had the whole place to ourselves. It was just magical!
Written January 19, 2019
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Slitherin Mark 2
46 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
A nice spot located a couple of hours drive from Kashgar old town. Local drivers will take you and wait for 600-1000rmb per car, depending on how well you negotiate. Not many visitors go, so a good way to avoid the crowds. The arch is reached via an hour’s hike along both roads and rocky paths with a few flights of well built steps along the way. Quite imposing - photos can’t do it justice. Entry fee was 45rmb. In total we spent 3 hours there, so including the drive, the entire trip should take under 7 hours. Even in June it was not too hot - in fact quite a pleasant temperature for hiking. The road from Kashgar is also quite pleasant - along back roads rather than the motorway so you see more of real local life.
Written June 19, 2024
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