The people are extremely friendly in Xinjiang, despite a fairly significant language barrier.
English is not that common in towns like Kashgar, besides a small handful of operators in the hospitality industry, some shopkeepers and of course expats.
From the amount of young children looking and saying “hello” to the strange foreigners (us) on the street, it looks likely that there may be a little more English spoken in the years to come.
Unlike most of China, Mandarin is barely spoken in Kashgar and some of the smaller towns. The Han Chinese population is very small in Kashgar, so even if you speak Mandarin, it is probably best to learn a few Uyghur phrases.
Written by Brooke Schoenman.
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