Go to Xinjiang in China
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Xinjiang is China's best kept secret. It is the beginning of the Silk Road and one of the largest deserts that you had to cross. It was the most important trade link between Europe and Asia. Xinjiang is located in the far northwest of China, right above Tibet. In Xinjiang you will find no temples and markets, but bazaars and mosques. You will have the idea that you have arrived in another country.
You can travel through the province as if you are following an ancient silk route. On the Sunday bazaar in Kashgar you imagine yourself back hundreds of years in time. You will have the feeling of being a trader on the Silk Road. You can let your eyes wander over thousands of Persian carpets, over traditional clothing and jade.
Many of the beautiful buildings in this province owe their existence to Islam. The details amaze you. The Xinjiang province is certainly a part of China that you should not skip. The rich culture and history of the province can be found in the small things. The customs of the local population are very different from the rest of the country. In Xinjiang you get to see a mix of East and Central Asia. An experience that you might want to add to your bucket list.
Best time to visit
We recommend going from April til May or September til October. Click here for more average weather details.