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Address: Tuman Riverside, Southeast of old city, Kashi 844000, China
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Day by day, the Silk Road ethnic groups atmosphere is disappearing from the town. In 2007, it seemed to keep best former appearance in the town.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed December 6, 2015
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true brit
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2016

Gao Tai Ancient Homes is a bit of a misnomer. It has obviously been made into a tourist attraction, whereas in fact it is just a new reconstruction of part of the Kashgar city wall that fell into disrepair over the years and has recently been rebuilt...together with a large-scale rebuild of houses and a palace that was said to... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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325 reviews
64 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 206 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016

This was my second visit to Kashgar, but the first time I visited the Gaotai Ancient Homes. On my previous visit, the government was busy tearing down this old section and replacing it with a "new old-town". Since then, they have realized the tourism benefit of the ancient town, so they are leaving it alone and even lighting it! These... More 

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Villach, Austria
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016

There are a number of reviews on GaoTai, but none clearly describes where it is located - we had to hard work to find it. First of all, if you ask anyone local who understands English (mostly some hotel staff, guides) or taxi drivers, they will direct you to the "Old Town", which is the restored part of the original... More 

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Thank kurts
San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

Spent more than an hour wondering around, visiting potters, an antique shop, embroidery places making hats and pillows. It was wonderful even so at first it felt that most of the place was being destroyed but once you get inside it is great. Highly recommended.

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Thank nomade123
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2016

Little by little the real old town is being pulled down on the pretext of safety. What's left preserves the old dignity and gives a taste of a way of life which has very limited time left. Do experience this before it is flattened forever - a great shame.

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Taipei, Taiwan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2016

Is an experience. Though some part is under renovation,major parts are as they were for years back. Strong signs of what we could call poverty in our own measures. But gives a deep introduction of how these people were and are living,working and socializing. Do not restrict yourself on the main commercial alleys, got to small roads behind.

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Thank DimitrisMarkakis
Japan
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35 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2015

Day by day, the Silk Road ethnic groups atmosphere is disappearing from the town. In 2007, it seemed to keep best former appearance in the town.

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Singapore, Singapore
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11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2015

高台民居 is charming, in a large part due to the friendly kids and the labyrinth of little streets. Part tourist attraction and part real life, you want to capture all the charm but also feel bad to intrude with a camera. Not many locals live there anymore sadly. Make sure you visit this one though, and not the "Old City"... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2015

It is like you are in the Middle East but you are in China, A extremely historic city with deep culture only vist if you love culture, food and adventure. forget about the 5 start luxuries

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Thank Mem A
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2015

The old town has now all but disappeared. It has been replaced with brick structures that give it a more Disney feel. It is yet another ethnic minority area in China that has been 'improved' for tourism. Soon, the hordes will come and the Uighurs will be displaced. It is the heart of the city, but it has had a... More 

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