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I came here on a morning trip with first stop at the atlas silk shop. I organized with my taxi to take me from town to the silk shop wait then take me here wait and back to town. It cost 150rmb. The descriptions in...More
Challenged by the fact that the Mazar of Imam Asim must be a ‘top site’ to see in Hotan because it is mentioned on Tripadvisor, in the Lonely Planet and in the book of Josh Summers about Xinjiang, we decided to visit the site on...More
Getting there without a guide is a real challenge which proves rewarding even if the compound gate is locked and inside is inaccessible.
Taxi is pretty much the only way. It cost me 150 yuan round trip from central Hotan. In the village of Jiya...More
The situation has changed in Hotan since recent clampdowns. It is still possible to go to Imam Asim tomb, but if you go at the moment and for the foreseable future you will find the actual tomb and mosque firmly closed. The hoped for throngs...More
This is a little difficult to find but if you take the number five bus and ask to be let off near Jiya ( the atlas silk village) you then can hitch a lift to the Tomb. Thursday's is best or any time in May...More
Nestled in flowing sand dunes northeast of Hotan and down a two-kilometer walk through the desert's edge, the "tomb" rests by the side of a collection of buildings that includes a prayer hall. The setting is magical, with the ceaseless wind whipping through prayer flags...More
This is considered a holy place, yet it seems to have trash everywhere. That could just be that they place white flags up, and then when they fall down, they just leave them. There is a small mosque attached to it, which also has a...More
Imam Asim is supposed to be an Islamic missionary who preached in the Khotan area about a thousand years ago when the Buddhist kingdom of Khotan was conquered by the Arabs. His tomb and shrine are located at Jiya village North of Khotan, a little...More