Hotan 和田 Travel Guide
Hotan was once the centre of a Buddhist empire and hugely important along the Southern Silk Route. Famous for jade, silk and carpet weaving in it’s heyday it has long been a major trading post and still boasts one of the best Sunday markets in the whole of Xinjiang province. However, it isn’t Kashgar and is generally only visited as part of an extended trip along the difficult and remote Southern Silk Road.
Best Months to Visit Hotan
Best Reason to Visit Hotan
The Sunday Market is Hotan’s highlight so make sure a visit here falls on that day.
Top Attractions in Hotan
The highlight which brings the tourists in is the Sunday market which is much less commercial than the one in Kashgar. Jade trinkets and local knives as well as carpets are the items of main interest. The deserts surrounding Hotan contain places of historical and archaeological interest including several cemeteries which can be visited.
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Our Top Hotan Travel Tip
An essential stop along the difficult Southern Silk Road, if you get here you really will be seeing a part of China not often visited.
The Hotan Hotel is an OK option but choices are limited here.
By Phil Stanley & Headseast – TCTC Destination Expert.