Kashgar: silk, demolition, sheep and … cars!



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Kashgar is China’s most western city. It is close to the borders of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Tajikistan, and Baghdad, Teheran, Ankara and the Mediterranean are closer than Shanghai. The city is well known for a few things. First, it was an ‘oasis on the Silk Route’, China’s gate to Central Asia. Second, it is in rapid speed destroying its famous Islamic maze-like inner city. Third, it has a Sunday animal market.

We decided to focus on something else: the Sunday car market. Here,  Uygurs, Tajiks and Kazachs trading the content of future traffic jams.





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  1. Posted on February 7, 2011 by Crane W.

    There will definitely be worse traffic congestion like any other smaller cities. They don’t know how to tackle traffic problems until they meet them. People won’t learn how to respect traffic rules until they meet these problems and know traffic rules are important.

    This is what happens in my hometown — a small county in north China. The provincial government is pushing a large infrastructure re-development program, as part of the nation wide construction boom.

    My town now sprawls away to the north. It is now too far to get around by bicycle, and there is no reliable bus system. Taxis are far from enough (strikingly less expensive than in Beijing though). People are buying cars. As flats are increasingly expensive, cars seem more affordable.

    And now, people drive their cars to get around, residential compounds are packed with cars. And most importantly, few people follow traffic rules. Traffic congestion happens more frequently than it should. And traffic problem is only part of the disease caused by hasty urbanization.

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