Photo documentary: The Uyghur people in Kashgar’s maze of alleys

Uyghur Girl

A young school girl on her way home. The red scarfs are handed out to children throughout China, as a sign of good behavior.

An Uyghur girl waiting on a corner in the vast maze of this old district
Three Uyghur generations in Kashgar
Three Uyghur generations in front of the city’s oldest mosque

Donut-like breads are still made according to ancient recipe’s, sticked to the sides of large stone ovens

Kids playing in the narrow streets of the old town

Uyghur Woman

Uyghur Woman hanging her laundry in the hot summer sun

The ancient streets in the Silk Road city of Kashgar

In 2009, development of Kashgar’s old town accelerated after the revelations of the deadly role of faulty architecture during the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. Many of the old houses in the old town were built without regulation, and as a result, officials found them to be overcrowded and non-compliant with fire and earthquake codes. When the plan started, 42% of the city’s residents lived in the old town. With compensation, residents of faulty buildings are being counseled to move to newer, safer buildings that will replace the historic structures in the $448 million plan, including high-rise apartments, plazas, and reproductions of ancient Islamic architecture. The European Parliament issued a resolution in 2011 calling for “culture-sensitive methods of renovation.” The International Scientific Committee on Earthen Architectural Heritage (ISCEAH) has expressed concern over the demolition and reconstruction of historic buildings. ISCEAH has, additionally, urged the implementation of techniques utilized elsewhere in the world to address earthquake vulnerability. In 2011, a spate of violence over two days killed dozens of people. By May 2012 two-thirds of the old city had been demolished, fulfilling “political as well as economic goals.”

Source: Wikipedia

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