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Abakh Khoja Tomb & Local Bazaar

Abakh Khoja Tomb, Kashgar

Abakh Khoja Tomb

Known widely throughout the world, Abakh Khoja Tomb is on the outskirts of Kashgar to the northeast. It is an ancient Islamic building that lies hidden among beautiful scenery. This tomb was built in 1640. It is said that the owner of this tomb was the concubine, Xiang Fei, of Emperor Qianlong in the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911). That's why another name for Abakh Khojia Tomb is Xiang Fei Tomb.

The tomb consists of five parts; gate tower, chapel, the large worship temple, a hall for learning scripture and the tomb chamber, which is the main building among this series of constructions. The tomb chamber is rather mighty and splendid. It is the most magnificent and exquisite dome-style structure in Xinjiang. The walls of this chamber are decorated by green marble bricks with yellow and blue tiles enchased among them. There are colorful and beautiful patterns and apothegms in Arabic on those tiles. The gate of the tomb is located to the south of the chamber. The gesso flowers on walls of both sides of the gate are elegant and refined.

Kashgar- Abakh Khoja Tomb

There are verdant trees around the Abakh Khoja Tomb. The gate tower is not very big, but extraordinarily gorgeous. Right after the tower gate is a small mosque. It is used for daily worship of the Moslems who live nearby. A big pray temple lies in the west part of this tomb garden. During every religious festival, Moslems in Xinjiang travel here to hold liturgical services.

Getting there:
One can get to Abakh Khoja Tomb by taxi or bus in Kashgar City.

Admission Fee: CNY 30
Opening Hours 08:50 to 20:00
Recommended Time for a Visit: One hour

Kashgar-Bazaar Local Bazaar in Kashgar

The bazaar is a uniquely traditional type of trade found in Xinjiang. More than 2,000 years old, the Kashgar bazaar is the biggest international trade market in the northwest region of China. There are a great many bazaars in Kashgar, but the most famous one is near the east gate of Kashgar. The reason why the bazaar is the biggest is that it has the most abundant goods, the lowest prices, and the most buyers.

Grapes in Bazaar, Kashgar, XinjiangThe full name for the Kashgar bazaar is the Middle and West Asia International Trade Market. It covers more than 250 mu (about 41 acres). All kinds of goods are available here. Every Sunday, heavy traffic and huge crowds of people make this bazaar extremely lively. You can see special kinds of local products made in Xinjiang; hand-crafted items, household merchandise, fruits and vegetables, and livestock. It is not an exaggeration to say that this bazaar is a perfect place for you to taste the most distinctive and authentic folk-customs of Xinjiang.

In addition, Kashgar is in the center of the Asia-European continent. This is a good geographic location, as business between Kashgar and the neighboring countries has a long history. You can buy craftworks from Pakistan, scarves made in Turkey, telescopes from Kirghizia, dried fruits from Saudi Arabia, and all at low prices. Visitors call the Kashgar bazaar, the Middle Asia Material Exposition.

Recommended Time for a Visit:
Opening every day, but the best visit time is on Sunday