"Kashgar's Old Town" Kashgar Things to Do Tip by John195123
Kashgar Things to Do: 45 reviews and 75 photos
Walking around Kashi is a hot item on most tourists' agendae and not just for the old town. Temperatures can get quite hot, today (August 1, 2008) it's a cozy 97, with bright, clear skies better suited for Infrared grilling than walking. Wear long, loose clothes and a big hat, and take comfort in the labyrinthine sidestreets with occasional covered areas and shade.
If you walk out of the Id Kah Mosque, straight out and across the street (use the underground walkway/mall) you begin the old town, where restaurants blow cold air in the stairwells and hot tea accompanies langmen and other local dishes. Enter the old town for souvenirs, these days, though you can also get hoe heads, pick axe heads and other hand-made metal objects from the local forge shops, hand turned wooden objects and hats.
Mostly, walking in the old town is for the sake of seeing, and being seen (and yelled "hallo!" to) by the local kids. The people are friendly enough, though a bit of hesitance with the camera might be appreciated by them. It is their home. I opted to wear long pants and a long shirt, just to blend as much as possible... while I'm blue-eyed, I've a beard, short on the sides, like theirs, and could be Muslim. Women should cover up a bit, but I'll get to this in Local Customs.
I highly recommend walking the old town. Get lost in it, it's not that big. Enjoy and appreciate.