Yarkand (莎车; Shāchē) is a city in Xinjiang Province in China. It is most useful as a stop to break up the long bus ride from Kashgar to Hotan. The tomb complex here is worth checking out if you're in town.

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Yarkand is on the Southern Silk Road and can by reached by bus from Kashgar or Khotan. It is 200 kms from Kashgar. Usually it takes 3 hours drive.




There are two main options for an (alcoholic) drink. One is the 'time machine' KTV bar across from the New Century hotel where a small KTV room sets you back ¥288 with 4 drinks of your choice included, you can stay there till 3am for this price if you wish. The Armani bar is the other option, most taxi drivers will know it. It has a school disco vibe full of fairy lights and lasers and with heavy hip hop, American and Russian, on rotation and a mixed Han and Uighur clientele. A Snow or WuSu beer will set you back ¥10. It is highly advised not to get drunk and be on the street. If you are tipsy getting a taxi is safest even if you are staying nearby at New Century or ShaChe hotel. Taxi rides should be ¥5.


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