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“Great place to wander for a few hours”

Gaotai Ancient Homes
Ranked #9 of 50 things to do in Kashi
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142 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
“Great place to wander for a few hours”
Reviewed June 3, 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 which links this area to the bazaar. Take Halal sweets for the children and allow time to get lost as its a great place to do that!

Visited May 2013
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Sherbrooke, Canada
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“Great place to walk if you have a guide”
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 things and even showed us into the house of a friend. We went to the place of a guy who makes pottery. We did not have to buy but decided to get something in any case and he got the lady to reduce the price saying we were his friends. We took tons of pictures.
Afterwards we ent to the hostel for a drink and he gave us free tea and some advice on our next two days in Kashgar. we are very lucky to have met this guy to help us around (for free). The hostel can only receive Chinese guests as they are not licensed for foreign tourists. Note that no english was spoken there.

Visited May 2013
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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125 reviews
79 attraction reviews
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“Old kashgar city”
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 pointed us to the other side of the road.
But we came back the next day and this time approached from the back across the lake/river. We then went up a brick stairway into the old city. inside half the tourist theme houses are still trading be it there is just a few chinese tourists that have managed to get in the back way. Worth the effort as it it will no doubt be completely redeveloped soon.

Visited October 2012
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Beijing, China
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“Going but not gone”
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 of their homes and chat with us, allowing us to take pictures (and no, they didn't charge us, unlike people in some other places!). There were lots of little kids running around making mischief and we had to watch out for a pair of girls throwing water down from the roofs, but it was all in good fun (I think!).

It is uncertain how much, if any, of the old quarter of Kashgar will remain. For now it seems like a few residents have dug their heels in and are not giving up on this bit of land, but how long they can withstand local pressure remains to be seen. If you've thought at all about visiting Kashgar, do it before it is too late to see this part of ancient Silk Road history.

Visited August 2012
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Taipei, Taiwan
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“The old Kashgar”
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

Visited August 2012
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