If you click around our first installment of photos from China expecting images of kung pao and red lanterns, perhaps you’ll be surprised to find chick pea salads and women in head scarves instead. For most, China’s Xinjiang Province doesn’t quite match their notions of what China should look like. Our images of Kashgar’s people, food, and markets are more reminiscent of Central Asia than they are of China.
Kashgar’s old town, animal market and night food market offer a feast for the senses. Getting lost in Kashgar’s back streets and exploring its Uighur food and culture is easy. Visit soon, though. Some areas of the old town have already been “Sino-Disneyfied” with all the cliche trappings for packaged tourists. Unfortunately, this trend will likely continue.
We entered China from Kyrgyzstan over the Torugart Pass and had been traveling progressively eastward by train. We’ll be posting more photo galleries from Xiahe, Xi’an, Pingyao and Beijing over the next few weeks.
After a stop in Qingdao to look for Audrey’s grandfather’s house, we’ll head south to Shanghai. From there, we will take a right turn because of some frustrations extending our Chinese visa. We’ll transit through Thailand en route to Malaysia and the Indian subcontinent, with the hopes of returning to southern China for the warmth of late spring.