Kashgar travel guide

Source: Global Times [17:13 July 10 2009]

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Modern Kashgar

TRANSPORTATION

Kashgar, located in the western part of China, has been the transportation hub in southern Xinjiang for thousands of years. It was in fact the strategic point of the Silk Road in the ancient time, connecting China with Eurasia. However, it still maintains its importance nowadays with comparatively good transport system. It is easily accessible by air, train and bus from Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang. There are even daily flights to Urumqi and also international airline services to Islamabad, Osh and Andijan from this airport.

On the other hand, there are several regular daily train and bus services plying between Urumqi and Kashgar. Its developed highway, centred at Kashgar City, extends to 8 directions: northeast to Aksu, Korla, Turpan; southeast to Shule, Hetian, Yengisar, Ye Cheng; east to Dunhuang in Gansu Province and Golmud of Qinghai Province. There is also Zhong-Ba International Highway (China to Pakistan) leading to Pakistan as well.

 By Air

 Airport code: KHG

 Location:Kashgar Airport is located about 10 kilometers (about 6 miles) north of city of Kashgar.

Built in 1953, Kashgar Airport is the second largest airport in Xinjiang Province. With more than 60,000 square meters (about 14.8 acres) available for ground handling of aircrafts along with an area of 28,000 meters (about 6.9 acres) devoted to runway traffic, Kashgar Airport is quite capable of accommodating incoming and outgoing flights to destinations including but not limited to Urumqi, Hotan, Kuqa and Aksu.

Kashgar Airport also has international flights available to cities such as that of Kirghizia and Uzbekistan. In Kashgar Airport large and spacious main terminal building restaurants, stores, and several airline ticket offices are available for the comfort and convenience of travelers.

 Airport Transportation

There are regular bus services between Kashgar Airport and the city center. With a fare of just CNY10 per pax, the bus is able to drop passengers at any hotel in the city. The bus driver is also able to recommend its passengers hotel according to their needs. Bus No.2 plies the route from the airport to downtown district of Kashgar. If taxi is preferred, going to the city center costs only CNY10.

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