Kashgar Old Town traditional Gaotai Dwelling Houses

Kashgar Old Town Kashgar Xinjiang
It is in the old town of Kashgar that you can still feel the authentic atmosphere of the Uighur culture. It's a unique maze city in China; the streets are lost in the middle of adobe houses. This district with Gaotai dwelling houses represents the soul of Kashgar.

Gaotai Dwelling Houses

The old town of Kashgar takes the traveler back several centuries. In a maze of narrow streets, you will get lost in the middle of mud brick houses also called adobe. These traditional Uighur homes have existed for over 600 years in an area of 8 km². They are family multistory houses that represent the Islamic center of the city developing around. It is a cultural relic that reflects the Uighur architecture. In 2010, there are still 40,000 Uighurs who continued to live in their home land. The people are willing to open their doors to foreigners to share an unforgettable moment with them.

Local Development

Although the Uighurs prefer to live in the old town, they see themselves as a masterpiece of architecture Uygur, the Chinese government replace some traditional neighborhoods with houses identical but with cement and bricks to make them more stable. It is increasingly difficult to find these authentic houses. Some areas, such as north-east of the old town or to the east, are protected against to save a bit of local culture.



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