Having met, it seemed, every craftsperson in Khotan during our five-day visit, it was time to head overland to Kashgar, China’s westernmost city on the border of Kazakhstan and Pakistan. There are no flights between the two cities. Instead, we arranged a private mini-bus and driver for the 12-hour journey through the desert.
The official photographer was having a low-energy day, so we have few photos of the journey, which the girls found – against all odds – to be both fun and interesting, and they remember it as a high point of our trip! I’m not sure why, since most of it looked like this:
“No wonder drivers like to stop here!” he said admiringly, snapping away.
It was a real contrast to the ladies of Khotan we had just left behind:
Finally, we arrived in Kashgar -- the
crossroads of Asia!