'''Khotan''', also spelled Kotan or Hotan, is a town on the Southern branch of the [[Silk Road]] in [[Xinjiang]].
'''Khotan''', also spelled Kotan or Hotan, is a town on the Southern of the [[Silk Road]] in [[Xinjiang]].
Revision as of 05:02, 12 March 2007
Khotan, also spelled Kotan or Hotan, is a town on the Southern (Jade) Branch of the Silk Road in Xinjiang. Khotan was once center of a Buddhist empire. The old capital, Yoktan, is about 10 km west of the current city.
Hotan Bazaar - almost as large as the Sunday Market in Kashgar but more chaotic and free-spirited
Hotan Carpet Factory - an industry over 2000 years old, tours and sales of carpets available
White Jade River - locals search the riverbead for rare white jade but beauty lies in all the other stones left behind
Silk Factory - tours of the local silk factory can be made
Hotan Winery - produces specialty pomegranate and rice wines
The area has been famous for jade for centuries. Khotan jade is first mentioned in written history about 200 BC. There are mines, but much of the stone is found in riverbeds. This is one of the few areas with black jade and white jade. Be prepared to bargain hard.