Video: Glimpses of Kashgar


Kashgar Ladies Walking XinJiang
Photo by Tina Su

Kashgar has been a little overwhelming in several senses of the word. For one, the culture is vastly different than anything I’ve experienced; the colors are bold, the sounds are loud, and countless food stalls are packed between carpet and butcher shops along the street. If I had been blindfolded and dropped into this city, I would have guessed that I was dropped in Iran or somewhere in Central Asia.

Also, people look different; initially, I couldn’t stop staring at the little blond girls with green eyes, or the identically dressed men in Borat-like outfits roaming in groups and walking in unison. I wanted to follow them, and watch how they live. I was basically in sensory overload for the first few days.

It’d be too much to describe to you all that I’ve seen in this city in one post, so I will break it down into digestible chucks for your viewing pleasure.  Not to mention I’m still a bit freaked-out from the earthquake that just rattled the hotel I’m staying in!

For now, here are some video clips I took while walking along the streets of Kashgar that should give you an introductory feel for the place. I will fill in the details later.

Street Scene One:

Street Scene Two:

How People Cross the Street (And ignore traffic lights):

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  1. 1

    Wow, that is some pretty crazy street-crossing. The videos really showed the difference between Kashgar and other parts of China. I feel like I’m living vicariously through your photos and videos. ;)

  2. 2

    Tina! I didn’t know that Kashgar is part of China until today. The roads sure looked slow moving thanks to the crazy road crossing by the locals there. Haha.

  3. 3

    Learned about the earthquake and just happy you are ok! be safe…
    A Bientot! M

  4. 4

    Great photo and videos. Can’t wait to do what you are doing…14 months and counting!

  5. 5

    Tina, Thank you so much for sharing these videos! C

  6. 6

    That’s part of China?! Wow! Hope there were no big problems with the earthquake.

  7. 7

    What a great way to depict Kashgar! Thanks for publishing the videos!

  8. Laura Sawatzky


    Thanks for keeping us posted about our son!! Have enjoyed the pictures. I know the time for returning to Seattle is almost here…hope you’ve been able to see all you wanted and done everything you hoped to do.

    Laura S

  9. 9

    Looks like a really amazing place. Talk about exotic.

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