Symbol of modern Xinjiang, Urumqi is especially the administrative capital of the area. We left this large metropolis to reach the mythical city of Kashgar. Last Chinese city on the Silk Road, this oasis was the meeting point of various populations in Central Asia for centuries. The neighbourhoods of the Id Kah mosque and its animated streets testify of the vibrant Uyghur culture and traditions. However, symbol of Chinese domination, the huge statue of Chairman Mao which thrones on the "People's Place" points out the will of the government to take a real control on this area..