Id Kah Mosque
The mosque with a history of 500 years is situated on the Aitika Square in the downtown area of kashi City. When a religious service is held on a Moslem festival, over 10,000 Uygur Moslems will come to worship both inside and outside the mosque. Then they will rush to the square, singing and dancing to celebrate the occasion to their heartsĄŻ content.
Opening hours: 10:00-19:00
The city was formerly called Kashgar where the northern and the southern Silk Route joined. It was the capital of the Shule State 2,000 years ago. Travellers taking the northern route here westward and crossing the Pamirs could reach India in the south and Rouzhi and Persia in the west. The city now has a highway leading to Pakistan.As an important post on the Silk Road, Kashi has a quite developed culture since ancient times, especially noted for its carving patterns, art crafts and folk singing and dancing. It has kept the Uygur folk customs with a rich national flavor. Major spots of interest include the Id Kah Mosque, Abakh Hoja Tomb (Tomb of the Fragrant Concubine), the Moslem scholar Mahmut Kashgar's Mausoleum, and the Big Bazaar.
Kashi was a commodity distributing center 2,000 years ago and the Bazaar of Kashi the earliest international market in the western part of China. Today, the Bazaar is very brisk and prosperous with abundant supplies.
Taxkorgan Tankorgan which means 'stone city' was the capital of the State of Puli 2,000 year ago. It was located at the joint of the middle and the southern route of the Silk Road, Marco Polo had visited the city. Khunjerab Pass, the only way to South Asia and Pakistan in ancient times.