Located about 110 km (70 miles) from Kashgar is the Dawakun Desert. In the center of the Dawakun Desert is a lake where you can sunbathe, relax, and enjoy some delicious Uyghur food.
Kashgar is located in the southwest part of the Xinjiang Autonomous Region, between the Taklamakan Desert, the Karakoram Mountains, and the Pamir Mountains.
Located 200 km (125 miles) southeast of Kashgar, Lake Karakul is a spectacular high-altitude lake. To either side are large mountains.
The Taklamakan Desert is one of the most forbidding places in the world (even its name means “once you go in, you’ll never come out”). Covering a total of 337,000 square kilometers (130,000 square miles), the Taklamakan Desert is the second largest shifting-sand desert in the world.
Shipton’s Arch is often considered to be the highest natural stone arch in the world. The height of Shipton’s Arch from the south side is 460 m (1,500 feet – roughly the height of the Empire State Building), and the top spans a total of 55 m (180 ft).
Kashgar is a city on the western edge of Xinjiang Province, China, near the border with Kyrgyzstan. The city has been an important spot at the far edge of the Chinese empire for around 2,000 years, during which time Kashgar was a home for Zoroastrians, Buddhists, and Muslims. For many years, Kashgar was a desert oasis frequented by travelers and merchants on the Silk Road. This created Kashgar’s unique atmosphere and vivid colors, sure to leave an impression on any visitor.
Kashgar is an exemplary example of traditional Islamic architecture, and the old city is well-preserved. Take a day to get acquainted with Kashgar and its many sights before heading out to the deserts or Shipton’s Arch, a huge rock arch. One of the most amazing sights near Kashgar is Karakul Lake, a sparkling surrounded by mountain peaks.