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Khotan, also spelled Kotan or Hotan, is a town on the Southern branch of the Silk Road in Xinjiang.

Get in

By Plane

Hotan airport is located south of the city and cn be accessed by taxi. Flights are available to/from Urumqi only.

By Bus

Long Distance Bus Station Location: north of the city center on the main highway

  • Kashgar - takes about 12 hours
  • Korla - takes about 15 hours
  • Qiemo - takes about 48 hours
  • Turpan - takes about 20 hours
  • Urumqi - takes about 24 hours
  • Yecheng - takes about 8 hours
  • Yining - takes about 40 hours

By Car

There is a road west to Kashgar, about 500 km, or east via Dunhuang and on toward Central China, a long way away.

Get around


Khotan was once center of a Buddhist empire. The old capital Yoktan is about 10 km West of the current city.



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.




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