1 Labrang Monastery

The most imposing Lamaist monastery outside of Tibet, set in a beautiful mountain valley.

2 Qinghai Lake

China’s largest lake is a magnet for birdwatchers and waterfowl, including rare black-necked cranes.

3 Jiayuguan Fort

Stronghold at the western end of the Great Wall, symbolically marking the limit of China proper.

4 Mogao Caves

Huge collection of Buddhist grottoes and sculptures, carved into a desert gorge a millennium ago.

5 Turpan

Relax under grape trellises or investigate Muslim Uyghur culture and ancient Silk Road relics, such as the intriguing ruins of Jiaohe.

6 Kashgar’s Sunday markets

Join crowds haggling for goats, carpets, knives and spices in China’s most westerly and wild city.

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