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)

Kashgar

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Kashgar

Kashi in 1987

Kashi in 1986

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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

1986. Wonder what Kashgar looks like now. Somehow I doubt it and think I saw this ancient town just before it succumbed to the 'modern' world.

1986. I wonder what Kashgar looks like now. Somehow I doubt the ancient town has survived the pressures of the  ‘modern’ world.

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Central Asia

The bus to Kashgar took 6 days around the Taklamakan Desert and this ride with the local Uygers was the last leg of the journey.

The bus to Kashgar took 6 days around the Taklamakan Desert and this ride with the local Uygers was the last leg of the journey.