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Kashgar Travel Guide
Location: located between 7320¡® - 7057¡® east longitude and 3520¡® - 4018¡® north latitude, bordering the Taklamakan desert in the east, the Kunlun Range and Ali prefecture of in the south

Neighboring areas: Gansu province and Qinghai province, Tibet Autonomous Region

Physical Features: two river systems of the Yarkant River and the Kashgar River with a total annual runoff of 10.9 to 11.9 billion cubic meters

Population: 200,000
Area: 162.000 sq km

Nationalities: Han, Hui and Uygur

History: a history of more than 2000 years; belonged to the Zhuangpu prefectural General¡®s Office of the HunIn in Han dynasty; there after, submitted to the authorities of the Western Han dynasty after the trading links with Han formed by Zhang Qian - the special envoy to the Western Region sent by Emperor Wudi; one of the four important towns in Anxi during Tang dyansty; later becoming the seat of government of the Kashgar Councillor in Qing dynasty

Climatic Features: mainly a continental climate; varied greatly with topography as plain climate, desert climate and mountain climate; frost-free period of 215 days

Average Temperature: 11.7C annually with the lowest of -24.4C and the highest of 40.1C
Rainfall: 27 mm annually

Mountains: Mt. Kongur

Rivers: Yarhant River, Kashgar River

Products: wheat, maize cotton, barley, highland barley, rape, sesame, peanuts and flax

Local Highlights: kashgar¡®s local songs and dance ,crafts, roast lamb, shishi-kebab, and baled fish

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