YarkandXinjiang Province in China. The name is sometimes transliterated as Yarkant or Yarkhand. It is most useful as a stop to break up the long bus ride from Kashgar to Hotan. The tomb complex here is worth checking out if you're in town.
It is 200 km from Kashgar. Usually it takes 3 hours drive.
- Bus from Kashgar takes 4 hours.
- Bus from Hotan takes 6 hours.
- Daytime train now runs from Kashgar to Hotan and stops in Yarkand at least once daily.
Yarkand is connected to Leh in northern India via a pass across the Himalayas. Historically this was an important Silk Road link, and Marco Polo probably crossed it. Today it is not much used because the Indian and Chinese governments are not on good terms.
Tomb of AmanisahanAmanisahan was a poetess of the Uyghur Muqam. Her mausoleum is surrounded by a beautiful cemetery complex, including the tomb of the former sultan of Yarkent. Most are beautifully decorated with Arabic inscriptions.
Golden GraveyardThis graveyard dates from the 17th Century and is the burial place of Royal family members of the Yarkand Uyghur Kingdom.It is known to Local people as “Golden Graveyard” as a sign of respect to the Yarkand Kingdom.
Local MarketsTour the local markets where you will find loads of products being produced in shope and local goods on sale
Two or More Days Taklamakan Desert Camel trekking in YarkendYarkend. Yarkend is also another Uyghur cultural city which is located western edge of Taklamakan desert ,karasu is small desert village in Yarkend where you can start your camel ride trek into the desert ,Yarkend Karasu village is 250KM south from Kashgar
Old TownOne of the most authentic old towns seen in southern XinJiang. Less modernized than Kashgar's and more centralized than Hotan's.
Shache HotelEveryone you ask will route you to this hotel, where they are not particularly nice.
New Century Hotelphone: +86 998 8514758address: 新疆莎车新城路44号A budget hotel that takes foreigners. Rooms and basic but livable
Subiyi Aletun Hotelphone: +86 998 8512222address: Corner of Aletun and Laocheng RoadsClean, modern, some electrical issues but not a bad place to stay. Location is convenient, right next to the Old Town and the Mosque complex (basically all of Yarkand's sights).