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