January 28, 2011

Something is cooking………………Tashkurgan, Xinjiang

Location: Tashkurgan, Xinjiang, China (37° 46′ 18″ N, 75° 13′ 43″ E)
Date: 27 July 2007, 7.50am
Camera: Canon 400D with Canon 70-200/f4L USM

Tashkurgan is a small town on the Karakorum Highway that runs between China and Pakistan. It is at a high altitude of 3,200m and is a recommended overnight stop for travellers from China to Pakistan so as to have a a better chance of crossing the snow-prone Khunjerab Pass (border between China and Pakistan, the highest border of the world,) in daylight. The Pass is closed during winter as the roads will be blocked by snow. Tashkurgan was a vital stop on the old Silk Road as caravans from all directions converged here- it is said to mark the mid-way point between China and Europe. The majority population here are Tajiks and most of them still lives a nomadic-like lifestyle. In the summer, they tend their animals in the hills and return back to town/base when it is too cold in the winter. Many of them still lives in tents and it is a fabulous sight to see smoke billowing form their tents when they starts heating and cooking early in the mornings.

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Josh said...

Great photo. I had the privilege to live in the Xinjiang province for about 4 years and that western tip along the Karakoram Highway is one of the most beautiful parts of China in my opinion. Did you go all the way into Pakistan or just stay in China?

Herbert Wong said...

I did travel from China to Pakistan in 1999 and from Pakistan to China in 2007.