Yarkand Travel Guide
It is an oasis city watered by the Yarkand River at the western end of the Tarim River basin, 188km southeast of Kashgar (Kashi), at the junction of roads to Aksu to the northwest and to Hotan. Yarkand was for centuries an important caravan town, and centre of Hindu tradesmen and moneylenders. Today, the town has a more authentic feel than Kashgar.
The Altyn Mosque - The Altun Mosque in Yarkand is said to have been established as early as the tenth century during early Qarakhanid rule in Turkestan, although the current structures were probably built much later. The prayer hall itself, which closely resembles that of the Great Mosque of Yarkand, may have been built as late as the nineteenth century. The mosque complex includes a main gateway leading from the court in front of the palace and the prayer hall. Located in the center of Yarkand beside the palace, the Altun Mosque, or Golden Mosque, is accompanied by the royal burial grounds.
Yarkant King Mausoleum - The Mausoleum of the Yarkant Kings. Yarkant (Yarkand ) was for centuries an important caravan town, and centre of Hindu tradesmen and moneylenders.
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