Gaotai Ancient Homes

Gaotai Ancient Homes ulasan, Kashgar

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Jetsetgirl24
Oleh Jetsetgirl24
Looks more like Disneyland than authentic
Okt 2019
For years I’ve wanted to see Western China, and saw myself walking through the old towns of Kashgar. I kept telling myself it will always be there, but forgotten the world is changing rapidly, especially China. Kashgar was the supposed highlight of my trip, for weeks through our travel, I couldn’t contain my excitement for finally making my way to Xinjiang. And I realized I was 10 years too late and was disappointed with myself for taking so long as the ancient town was completely razed and left just rubbles, and in its place stood a Disneyfied replica of it and glossed over with the state’s version of the indigenous culture. It wasn’t just the city that was demolished, it took with it the Uigher’s history and heritage. Bureaucratic flex by the Chinese government are palpable throughout Kashgar and the region: Chinese propaganda at every corner, dozens of checkpoints and cameras, influx of Hans diluting the Uigher’s population, and the ever presence of police had the whole region felt like it was under martial law, especially in Kashgar. The real Kashgar is gone for most part. I’ve sadly missed the boat, and in its place the sanitized vision of it by the Chinese government that didn’t satisfy what I went looking for. Tips: The Original ancient city is like a km outside of the city, across from the local bazaar. It’s mostly razed, but you could still walk around the perimeter of it. Just don’t wear your favorite shoes you wouldn’t want to have a hard time cleaning dust and sand off it.

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Jetsetgirl24
Singapura, Singapura197 kontribusi
Okt 2019 • Pasangan
For years I’ve wanted to see Western China, and saw myself walking through the old towns of Kashgar. I kept telling myself it will always be there, but forgotten the world is changing rapidly, especially China. Kashgar was the supposed highlight of my trip, for weeks through our travel, I couldn’t contain my excitement for finally making my way to Xinjiang. And I realized I was 10 years too late and was disappointed with myself for taking so long as the ancient town was completely razed and left just rubbles, and in its place stood a Disneyfied replica of it and glossed over with the state’s version of the indigenous culture. It wasn’t just the city that was demolished, it took with it the Uigher’s history and heritage. Bureaucratic flex by the Chinese government are palpable throughout Kashgar and the region: Chinese propaganda at every corner, dozens of checkpoints and cameras, influx of Hans diluting the Uigher’s population, and the ever presence of police had the whole region felt like it was under martial law, especially in Kashgar. The real Kashgar is gone for most part. I’ve sadly missed the boat, and in its place the sanitized vision of it by the Chinese government that didn’t satisfy what I went looking for.

Tips: The Original ancient city is like a km outside of the city, across from the local bazaar. It’s mostly razed, but you could still walk around the perimeter of it. Just don’t wear your favorite shoes you wouldn’t want to have a hard time cleaning dust and sand off it.
Ditulis pada 10 Juni 2020
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Mike J
Chepstow, UK770 kontribusi
Mei 2019 • Pasangan
The old city feels a bit like a Uygur mausoleum theme park after the reconstruction many parts of the city. There are a few interesting stalls and some of the shops are interesting but there is no soul in this part of the old town. However, if you get off the main streets and wander along the street where the locals live you get a better feeling of real life in the Old Town. Happy laughter of kids playing in the streets, people shaking the mulberry trees for the fruit and enjoying their food in their homes.
Ditulis pada 12 Juni 2019
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Jane W
San Francisco, CA18 kontribusi
Sep 2018 • Teman
We caught a cab and headed straight to Kashgar’s “old Town” first day. No guide, just us. We saw remnants of the real ancient housing across the street—with bulldozers nibbling away on buildings, bounding a big dirt field with fencing. We then crossed the street to investigate the “new” old town. Like everyone says—a creative take on the real deal. A tourist trap, yes, except for the Uyghur locals that now live and work here for their livelihoods. I bought a hand-forged spoon...
Ditulis pada 9 Oktober 2018
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HLKoh
Singapura, Singapura233 kontribusi
Jun 2018 • Teman
There are 2 such area. The newly renovated tourist site and the ancient one across the road.

The renovated area feels like a tourist trap but the ancient one is closed to tourists. I think it gives a good feel of the aged old lifestyle even if we looked from outside.
Ditulis pada 7 Agustus 2018
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Clarky57
York, UK456 kontribusi
Mei 2018 • Teman
Xingjaing is a police state and there make it absolutely clear you should not be talking to any Uighur locals. We were followed around to ensure we did not get in. Such a shame. The restored sorry new houses with no soul.
Ditulis pada 28 Mei 2018
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BuchfreundHH
Beijing, Cina7 kontribusi
Mei 2018 • Sendiri
What is authentic here? Not the “old town” as such; but still - the people living here. As to the architecture, the so called “Old Town” is definitely a remake - bigger, “more beautiful“, and... you may guess...

Sadly, the only remaining old part - North of Donghu (East Lake) - opposite the main East Gate to the “Old Town” - is crumbling and won’t survive for long.

A place that gives you to think!
Ditulis pada 8 Mei 2018
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Karmaexplorer
Melbourne, Australia754 kontribusi
Sep 2017 • Teman
Before visiting the place, I was so confused with the online information I read. When you ask the hotel staff and taxi driver about the Gaotai old city, they will take you to the part of Gaotai which was rebuilt for tourists. Technically speaking, it is not an "old" city anymore.

The authentic part of the “old” city is situated opposite to the “new” one. But during my visit, every entrance of the old city was heavily guarded by some middle-aged local women. Don’t worry. They were not armed. These women however wouldn’t allow any tourists to get inside. Some locals were still living inside this part of the old city though. I wish I had come here three months earlier as tourists were still allowed to get inside into the "old" city based on the driver whom I talked to.

Some people said you have to pay the entrance fee if you visit the "new" part of the old city. The truth is that you don’t have to pay anything unless you would like to visit the museum and the mosque.

I was so so so disappointed with the "new part" of the old city. The new houses were no longer built with mud blocks which was the traditional way of building houses by locals in Xinjiang.

On a side note, there is a FREE public show at the entrance of the "new" part of Gaotai every morning at 10 o'clock.
Ditulis pada 27 November 2017
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Archaeobuff
Sydney, Australia1.870 kontribusi
Sep 2017 • Sendiri
There are two old towns - the crumbling remnant of the real old town of which there are a couple of reviews here - but most of the reviews are of the renovated new old town called Ga Er elsewhere on TripAdvisor. This review is of the real old town accessed across a pedestrian bridge from the Grand Bazaar or City Market. It is the last bit of the Old Town that the Govt. has left and it is crumbling away before our eyes. In a few years it will be derelict and the Govt. will have the excuse to finally remove this last vestige of the real old town. See it whilst you can and whilst people are still living there.
Ditulis pada 12 Oktober 2017
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Sarucane
Chongqing, Cina24 kontribusi
Sep 2017 • Sendiri
When I went today, there were signs outside all the entrances that it "is dressed up," whatever that means, and closed to non-residents. It's still nice to walk around the outside though.
Ditulis pada 6 September 2017
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Ziggy28104
Charlotte, NC346 kontribusi
Jul 2017 • Sendiri
The winding alleys of the old town are by far the best thing about Kashgar. Although most have been renovated and look quite new, the still maintain a traditional feel. Kids and families can be seen playing in front of their homes and are very open and welcoming.
Ditulis pada 17 Agustus 2017
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