Kashgar is renowned as a city with an unparalleled exotic charm. It is in the westernmost part of China. Therefore, most people will schedule several days in Kashgar to make full use of the trip and immerse themselves in local customs. Also, because of the remote location, the general accommodation condition is not as good as that in big cities like Beijing and Shanghai. There are only several 5-star hotels, a couple of 4-star hotels, and many 3-star hotels and homestays with local characteristics. Planning ahead about Kashgar accommodation will help for a Kashgar trip.
Where to Stay in Kashgar?
The most recommended area to stay a night in Kashgar is Kashgar downtown (near Kashgar Old City). Here is more detailed information about where to stay in Kashgar, including the recommended hotels in Kashgar downtown, recommended 5-star hotels and the accommodation conditions around Kashgar Airport and Karakul Lake.
Recommended Kashgar Tours:
With convenient transportation and various hotel choices, Kashgar downtown is the most recommended accommodation area. What's more, Kashgar Old City itself is a must-see in Kashgar. In addition, there are many restaurants and shops around, which provide a comfortable accommodation environment. In this area, most are 3-star hotels and local homestays. Here are some recommended hotels:
Address: No. 65 Renmin West Road, Kashgar, about 6 km to Kashgar Railway Station, 10 km to Kashgar International Airport.
Atour Hotel (Kashgar Old City Pedestrian Street) is the first Atour Hotel in Kashgar and the fourth in Xinjiang. It is adjacent to Kashgar Old City and Kashgar commercial pedestrian street, facing the South Gate of Kashgar Old City across the road. Atour Hotel provides warm service, high-quality guest rooms, a free library, self-service laundry, cafeteria, gym, etc.
Address: No.429 Kizduwei Road, Kashgar, about 7 km to Kashgar Railway Station, 12 km to Kashgar International Airport.
The Orange Hotel presents a unique style of "one hotel, one design". It is equipped with an intelligent voice-control device to allow you a 0-second check-in and check-out and to turn on/off the light, TV, air conditioning and other facilities. The hotel provides welcome tea, snacks, fruits, gym, and laundry room to give you a comfortable sleeping environment and wipe away your fatigue.
If you are tired of the regular hotels and want to have a different accommodation experience, the homestays which are easy to find in Kashgar Old City are a good choice. They are usually decorated in Uyghur or Silk Road style. In each homestay, there are not many rooms, but each one is clean and comfortable to stay in. The host will treat you like a friend or family. You can chat with them in your leisure time, join them in meals, and get travel advice on Kashgar. Some of the most chosen homestays are Qingfengyaju Homestay (清风雅居民宿), Lanyuanzi Inn (蓝院子客栈), Siluyi Homestay (丝路驿), Moli Mojian Homestay (漠里•漠见民宿), etc.
5-star hotels are not as common to find as in big cities. There are only several 5-star hotels in Kashgar and their general condition may not be as luxurious as you think. They are not in downtown but still conveniently located. Here are some recommended 5-star hotels for your choice.
Address: No. 26 Yingbin Avenue, Kashgar, about 3.3 km to Kashgar downtown, 11 km to Kashgar Railway Station, 7.5 km to Kashgar International Airport.
Tianyuan International Hotel offers a pleasant stay in Kashgar for those traveling for business or leisure. The hotel is conveniently located and boasts an abundance of services and facilities including free wifi, parking lot, fitness center, billiard room, basketball court, etc. Seeing from the clean and spacious room on the upper floors, you can get a great view of Kashgar city.
Address: No.2 Daolaitebage Road, Kashgar, about 4 km to Kashgar downtown, 14 km to Kashgar Railway Station, 13 km to Kashgar International Airport.
Radisson Blu Kashgar is one of the several international five-star hotels in Kashgar and has become a distinguished landmark. The hotel is conveniently located just 4 kilometers from Kashgar Old City and is situated adjacent to the Grand Bazaar. With Radisson Blu’s “Yes I Can!” service culture, you are assured superb hospitality during your stay at the hotel whether you are traveling for business or on holiday.
As Kashgar is in remote Xinjiang, getting there by flight will save you a lot of time. Kashar International Airport now operates flights between Urumqi (2h), Lanzhou (4h), Beijing (4.5h), Chengdu (4.5h), Xian (5h), etc. The airport is about 9 km, 20 minutes' drive to Kashgar Old City, so it is still most recommended to stay in Kashgar downtown. But if you arrive in Kashgar late or need to catch a flight in the early morning and just want to stay nearby, here are some hotels, too. Most choices around Kashar International Airport are 3-star or 2-star hotels. They are simply decorated and can meet your basic accommodation needs. Some recommended hotels are Silu Lvtu Hotel (丝路旅途宾馆 ★★★), Kashgar Yuanfang Intercontinental Hotel (喀什远方洲际酒店 ★★), etc.
Karakul Lake is a beautiful alpine lake about 191 km, 4 hours' drive to the southwest of Kashgar downtown. Its pristine scenery and tranquil environment have gradually gained popularity among tourists. However, there are no hotels near Karakul lakes. Therefore, for a better accommodation experience, it is most recommended to go back to Kashgar and find a hotel there after visiting Karakul Lake. Or you can keep driving about 100 km to Tashkurgan. But most hotels in Tashkurgan are 2-star hotels or simple homestays and the overall accommodation condition is not as good as that in Kashgar.
How to Get to Kashgar: From mainland cities - you can take domestic flights from Beijing (about 6~7 hours), Xian (about 4 hours), Chengdu (about 6~7 hours), Shanghai (about 8 hours), Guangzhou (about 8 hours), Jinan (about 7 hours), Zhengzhou (about 7 hours), etc., or provincial flights from Urumqi (about 2 hours), Korla (about 1.5 hours), Yili (about 1.5 hours). From the borders - you can also get to Kashgar from land border ports, such as Kalasu Port, Irkeshtam Port, Torugart Port, Khunjerab Port. If you need transfer, we can send a tour guide and driver to pick up you from the borders.
Best Time to Visit Kashgar: suitable for travelling all year around, but May to October is most comfortable and beautiful.
Top Places to Visit Kashgar: Kashgar Old City, Karakul Lake, Tashkurgan (Stone City, Golden Grassland), Id Kah Mosque, Kashgar Bazaar
Plus arrival and departure days, you’d better plan at least 4 days for your Kashgar trip. If you want to extend your trip to Tashkurgan, you need at least 5 days. You can spend 2 days exploring attractions in Kashgar city and its old town, such as Kashgar Bazaar, Kashgar Old City, Id Kah Mosque, Abakh Hoja Tomb, Ancient Tea House, etc., then have a day trip to Karakul Lake from Kashgar. If you want to experience something more authentic, Tashkurgan, about 3.5 hours’ drive from Kashgar, is strongly recommended.
After Kashgar tour, you can take a flight to Urumqi to marvel at the alluring Heavenly Lake and visit the mummy and Silk Road exhibitions in Xinjiang Regional Museum, then keep traveling to Turpan to see the grape valleys, visit historical Jiaohe Ancient City, etc. For an in-depth Silk Road journey, you can travel from Kashgar to Hotan, Kuqa, Taklamakan Desert, etc., which usually need about 8~13 days. If you love landscape, don’t miss out the Kanas Lake in northern Xinjiang.
Kashgar and Xinjiang regions can also be connected to other Silk Road destinations easily, such as Dunhuang, Jiayuguan, Zhangye, Xian, etc. Qinghai, Tibet, Inner Mongolia are also some recommended extensions of Kashgar Xinjiang trip. Find recommended Silk Road tours here or contact us to tailor-make a trip of your own if you want to discover more destinations.
Top 3 Kashgar tours chosen by most customers to explore Kashgar in the best way. Check the detailed itinerary, or tailor your own trip now with us.
Lanzhou - Zhangye - Jiayuguan - Dunhuang - Turpan - Urumqi - Kashgar
Urumqi - Turpan - Kashgar - Tashkurgan
Urumqi / Turpan / Korla / Kuqa / Taklimakan Desert / Minfeng / Hongtan / Kashgar / Tashkurgan
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