Kashgar - Xinjiang Province
The westernmost city in China and one of the most famous towns on the Silk Road, Kashgar has a diverse mix of inhabitants and this as much as anything gives it its exotic flavour. Kashgar was an important trading point along the ancient Silk Road and provided a cultural bridge between China and the rest of the world. While it was once too remote for most people to consider visiting, recent development has brought Kashgar into the 21st century, and rail and air links have brought a swathe of new visitors, some temporary and some now permanent residents. Home to one of the largest markets in Asia, Kashgar remains a unique place, and rarely is such a colourful mix of cultures seen in one place. The fantastic Sunday market is one of the most famous in the region and is not to be missed.