Atushi in a Day: Uncover the Essence of Silk Road History

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by Daniel

March 30, 2024 · 1 min read

Atushi 1 Day Itinerary

Embark on a one-day journey through Atushi, a city steeped in the rich history of the Silk Road. Begin your exploration at the Tomb of the Fragrant Concubine, a site shrouded in legend and reverence. Allocate two hours to pay respects and ponder the tales of love and loyalty that surround this hallowed cemetery. Next, immerse yourself in the vibrant colors and lively atmosphere of the Kashgar Grand Bazaar. Spend three hours wandering through the myriad of stalls, where the scent of spices and the sound of haggling fill the air. This market is a treasure trove for those looking to take a piece of Atushi's culture home with them. Conclude your day with a four-hour stroll through the winding lanes of Kashgar Old Town. Here, ancient architecture and traditional crafts provide a glimpse into a way of life preserved through the centuries. Your day in Atushi is not just a trip but a cultural odyssey that offers a profound connection to the past.

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Day 1: Unveiling the Mysteries of Atushi

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Tomb of the Fragrant Concubine

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Begin your Atushi adventure with a visit to the Tomb of the Fragrant Concubine, a site shrouded in history and reverence. Nestled on Ayutthaya Road in the heart of Kashi City, this cemetery is not just a resting place but a cultural emblem. Allocate a couple of hours to immerse yourself in the poignant tales of love and loyalty that echo through the mausoleum's walls. The serenity and architectural beauty here serve as a solemn reminder of the region's rich past.

Attraction Info

  • Ayutthaya Road, Kashi City, Kashgar
  • Suggested tour duration: 2-3 hour
  • Open from 9:30am-8:30pm

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Kashgar Grand Bazaar

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Next, let the vibrant energy of the Kashgar Grand Bazaar sweep you off your feet. Located just a stone's throw from No. 218 on Aizirete Road, this bustling market is the perfect place to spend three hours exploring. Dive into the kaleidoscope of colors, scents, and sounds as you navigate through stalls brimming with local handicrafts, spices, and textiles. The Grand Bazaar isn't just a market; it's the pulsating heart of Kashgar, offering a glimpse into the daily lives of its people.

Attraction Info

  • Near No. 218, Aizirete Road, Kashgar City
  • Suggested tour duration: 3-4 hour
  • Open from 11:00am-8:00pm

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Kashgar Old Town

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Conclude your day with a leisurely four-hour stroll through the winding lanes of Kashgar Old Town. With its address at No.10 Yawage Road, this ancient town is a living museum, telling stories of bygone eras with every brick and alleyway. As you meander through the old town, let the blend of traditional music, artisan workshops, and historical architecture transport you to a time where the modern world feels like a distant memory. It's the perfect finale to a day steeped in the enchantment of Atushi.

Attraction Info

  • No.10, Yawage Road, Kashgar City, Kashgar Region
  • Suggested tour duration: 4 hour
  • Open 24 hours

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Located in the village of Haohan in the eastern outskirts of Kashgar, formerly known as Apak Khoja Mausoleum, the Tomb of Fragrant Concubines is a mausoleum of the famous Islamic family in Xinjiang. There is the legend that the Fragrant Concubines of Emperor Qianlong was buried here. The name was gradually spread, replacing the original name. In fact, there are tombs of a large family with several generations, and the Tomb of Fragrant Concubines is just one of them.
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Kashgar Old Town
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The ancient city of Kashgar is located in Xinjiang and has a history of several hundred years. It is one of the famous tourist attractions in Kashgar and even Xinjiang. Most of the buildings in the ancient city are full of unique styles. The streets are crisscrossed and have a unified style, which is very suitable for taking pictures. Tourists strolling in it seem to have walked into the exotic land of Central Asia, which is very spectacular. In addition, the ancient city of Kashgar is also an important filming location for the movie "The Kite Runner". You can come here to find familiar scenes in the movie.

The old city of Kashgar is mainly composed of Id Kah Temple. It is an irregularly shaped urban area with a length and width of nearly 2 kilometers. There are many streets and alleys in the old city, where you can stroll around and take pictures along the way, which takes about half a day. The recommended route is to visit Id Kah Temple first, then travel east along Chasa Road, and end the tour at the high-rise residential buildings on the east side and Kashgar East Bazaar. In addition, many tourists who come to Kashgar will stay in the old city and spend a few days slowly savoring the historical charm here.

Visiting the ancient city of Kashgar means appreciating the unique architecture and streets here. Most of the buildings in the ancient city have been renovated, and the houses are relatively new and intact, but the rich local customs have been retained during the renovation. Here you can see colored earth walls and brick walls, with round arches, colorful doors and windows and other special decorations, which are very beautiful and can be photographed along the way. In addition, if you want to experience more primitive and unique architecture, you can also visit the high-rise houses on the riverside on the east side of the ancient city.

In addition to appreciating the architecture, many tourists will also visit the many special shops on the streets of the old city. Almost every street in the old city has its own theme, called a bazaar ("Bazaar" means market in Uyghur). Among them are Kantuman Bazar (Blacksmith Street), Dopa Bazar (Flower Hat Street), Flower Pot Bazar, Handicraft Bazar, Pottery Bazar, etc., each with its own characteristics, which can be seen along the way. There are also teahouses with special styles on the street, vendors selling special snacks such as grapes, naan, goat milk ice cream, etc., and you can also eat and stroll while shopping, which is very pleasant.

In addition, there are some houses in the city that you can visit. Generally, there are instructions on the door of these houses. After entering, you can visit the interior of typical local houses, but you usually need to buy some household goods. On the streets of the old city, you can also see grandfathers basking in the sun and children playing, with a strong sense of life.

There are several important attractions when visiting the ancient city. For example, the Id Kah Temple in the ancient city is one of the largest temples in the country. The temple has magnificent buildings, and the five daily prayers are even more grand, which can witness the strong religious atmosphere. The high-rise residential buildings on the east side of the ancient city are the preserved ancient city areas, and the mud houses and cross-street buildings are very unique. The Kashgar East Bazar (i.e. Kashgar Central and West Asia International Trade Market) across the river on the east side is a famous shopping mall in Kashgar, where many Xinjiang specialties and handicrafts such as dried fruits, silk products, essential oils, and Yingjisha knives are gathered.

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The Id Kah Mosque is located in the heart of the old town of Kashgar and is one of the largest mosques in the country. There are many buildings in the temple that are spectacular and very Islamic, and you can visit them one by one. Here you can see the grand scene of the worship and feel the strong religious atmosphere. The Etihad Mosque is a courtyard-style temple. The main entrance to the east side of the temple is the huge Etihad Square, a landmark of Kashgar. There are many people in this big square in this casual game.
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Atushi 1 Day Itinerary