Where Do You Think You're Going?
Yarkand Travel Blog› entry 47 of 80 › view all entries
About 200km east of Kashgar on the southern branch of the Silk Road road the highway 219 branches from the main road and heads south into Tibet. This road is closed to foreigners but is a well known back way into Tibet and the police around this area knowing this well are wary of western travellers.
We decide to take a day trip from Kashgar to Yarkand, which we believe takes 3 hrs each way by bus. Yarkand is the ancient capital of this area and has an unrestored (ie real) old town and an interesting mosque. The bus leaves at 9:30, all looks good.
We perhaps should not have been too surprised when the police checkpoint about one hour before Yarkand seem very interested in us and our plans.
One reason why the police find our plans strange is that Yarkand is a good bit more than three hours from Kashgar.
However there are plenty of buses back and the town is compact so we do manage to have lunch, see the old town, the mosque the cemetary and the mausoleum and make it back to Kashgar, but it makes for a long day. On the return trip we stop at the police checkpoint again but the police are uninterested in us, which is a little disappointing but probably just as well.