Kashgar

Kashgar in 1986. That's me on the left, feeling practically naked because my arms weren't covered. photo by C. Basil

Kashgar in 1986. That’s me on the left, feeling practically naked because my arms weren’t covered. I wonder if all those dusty ancient roads are now paved over. (photo by C. Basil)

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Kashgar

Anyone want to buy a camel? These were for sale at the Bazha Market. Camels have such a calmness about them.

These were for sale at the Bazha Market. Camels have such a calm air about them.

Kashgar

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Kashgar

Kashi in 1987

Kashi in 1986

Central Asia

Aksu, one day's journey from Kashgar. This taken from my travel diary: Sunday was Bazha day, or market day. What a spectacle! The size of three football fields with so much for sale--fabrics of all kinds from tacky synthetics to scratchy silks and one brocade patterned, chenille-like fabric I would have bought if I didn't have to carry it in my backpack, hand-made Russian-style boots, hand-made fur hats, sheep, new donkey carts, stallions, and even camels. Lived up to its ancient reputation as one of the best markets in Central Asia.

Aksu, one day’s journey from Kashgar. This taken from my travel diary: Sunday was Bazha day, or market day. What a spectacle! The size of three football fields with so much for sale–fabrics of all kinds from tacky synthetics to scratchy silks and one brocade patterned, chenille-like fabric I would have bought if I didn’t have to carry it in my backpack, hand-made Russian-style boots, hand-made fur hats, sheep, new donkey carts, stallions, and even camels. Lived up to its ancient reputation as one of the best markets in Central Asia.

Kashgar

Beautiful mosque. Unfortunately I don't remember its name.

Beautiful mosque. Unfortunately I don’t remember its name.

China 1986

China 1986