Kashgar: Oasis City on China's Old Silk Road

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"2500 miles from Beijing and 1000 miles from the regional capital Urumqi, Kashgar is one of the most remote cities in the world. But until the early twentieth century it was known as the 'pivot' of central Asia, a key cog in the 'great game', and before that one of the principal way stations on the Silk Road." "Today it remains one of the most complete historical urban centres in China and its celebrated Sunday Market is one of the most vibrant in central Asia. Still traditionally Muslim it is nonetheless home to countless migrants, and one of ...
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Overview

"2500 miles from Beijing and 1000 miles from the regional capital Urumqi, Kashgar is one of the most remote cities in the world. But until the early twentieth century it was known as the 'pivot' of central Asia, a key cog in the 'great game', and before that one of the principal way stations on the Silk Road." "Today it remains one of the most complete historical urban centres in China and its celebrated Sunday Market is one of the most vibrant in central Asia. Still traditionally Muslim it is nonetheless home to countless migrants, and one of the most cosmopolitan cities in China." Now for the first time its history and character are celebrated in the photographs of one of Australia's most highly regarded photographers, accompanied by a deeply informed but readable text by two leading architectural and archeological scholars of the region, with a Chinese colleague.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780711229136
  • Publisher: Lincoln, Frances Limited
  • Publication date: 11/18/2008
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 11.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Sketch 6

Introduction 9

Kashgar in History

The Uyghurs

Beliefs and Practices

Urbanism and Modernisation

Tourism

Between the Mountains and the Desert 17

Merchants and the Markets 43

The Old City 79

Mosques and Shrines 113

Exploring Vestiges of the Past 147

Traveller's Reports 153

Notes 158

Select Bibliography 158

Acknowledgments 159

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