A market in Yarkand

Reimagining the Silk Road

A market in Yarkand

Although not as sprawling as Kashgar’s grand bazaar, Yarkand’s market is also a center of activity. Yarkand Uyghurs say that historically their city was the second largest Uyghur city, after Kashgar. While there is unity among the oasis cities of southern Xinjiang, there is also historic rivalry and competition.