Kashgar – the old city

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Kashgar is an old city. It is situated at the western edge of Taklamakan desert and the roads going both north and south of the desert met at Kashgar. So the city has buildings of different age. The part of the city called “old city” is rapidly getting smaller. The Chinese authorities claim they have to tear the old buildings down as they not are secure in the case of earthquake. The locals say that these buildings have been there for a long time and have lived through all earthquakes. We went through a part of the old city and I feel sad if it will be demolished. The houses are beautiful, it is a living part of the city with an atmosphere  that is genuin and valuable.

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Glimses of old houses:                                                                                                                                                                             _scf0865_scf0868                                         _scf0871

All sort of crafts were present in the old city like.                                                                                                                                 _scf0862_scf0859                                   New shoes on the horse                                 Vases etc

_scf0877_scf0876                                     Butcher, next sheep is waiting                               Fresh meat and fresh buns

_scf0866_scf0878                                          The plumber is coming                                                   Uigurs with traditional hats

And this is what is happening.                                                                                                                                                                  _scf0873_scf0874                                        It is depressing and both he Uigurs, Kashgar, Xinjiang, China and the World are loosing something important

Building of huge appartment buildings is something we saw all over the province and I will show examples later.

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