The history of the Wakhi people and the Wakhan Valley is complex, and the journey across the Pamir Highway can be unpredictable, barren, and cold. In the faces of the Wakhi people, there is warmth.
Kashgar, an ancient Silk Road gateway tucked into China’s far west corner, doesn’t boast a huge number of tourist attractions. But for me, it was a city brought to life by its people. - a place steeped in Uyghur culture.
I recently spent some time in Urumqi and discovered that though the city itself is somewhat plain, there are some truly beautiful sights just a short distance away.
Those on a quest to discover the ancient Silk Road often make stops in Dunhuang, Urumqi, and Kashgar, all oases on the ancient trade route, but none with as much to offer as Turpan.
Step back in history a few thousand years, when the Silk Road was first established and you’ll find Dunhuang at the crossroads of the Northern and Southern route.
I’ve dreamt of taking a road trip along the Karakoram Highway since the early 90s. The road, which connects China to Pakistan, winds its way through the majestic, snowcapped Karakoram Mountain Range. On a recent trip to Kashgar, China’s westernmost city, I finally got my chance.