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.
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.