en route to Kashgar
myrrh and frankincense barter
for cooling winds

©Vivian Zems

Carpe Diem #1366 Kashgar (Northern route)

Kashgar has a history of over 2,000 years and served as a trading post and strategically important city on the Silk Road between China, the Middle East, and Europe. Located historically at the convergence point of widely varying cultures and empires, Kashgar has been under the rule of the Chinese, Turkic, Mongol, and Tibetan empires. The city has also been the site of a number of battles between various groups of people on the steppes.