Imam Asim's Tomb

Imam Asim's Tomb, Hotan - Κριτικές

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Ibtissam
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Same in some Muslim country
Σεπ 2018 • Μόνος-η
In morocco we do have same Mazar like this and they give also animal sacrifice it's same tie innumerable pieces of fabric, prayers ....
Γράφτηκε στις 25 Μαΐου 2019
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Jan B
Γάνδη, Βέλγιο1 συνεισφορά
Stopped from visiting by men in black.
Απρ 2019 • Μόνος-η
We tried to visit today, but at 100 meters from the tomb, we got stopped by a car ful of police in civilian clothing, and got escorted back to the taxi. No explaining, except that there wasn't anything to see anyway. The guy didn't know why the place was off limits for tourists, since when tourists weren't allowed to visit or even where we could get a permit.

I would advise to organise a visit trough a tourism agency. Individual travel in Xinjiang doesn't seem to be possible anymore.
Γράφτηκε στις 16 Απριλίου 2019
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Feifan S
Nakafurano-cho, Ιαπωνία26 συνεισφορές
Crumbling cultural telic
Οκτ 2018 • Μόνος-η
I came here on a morning trip with first stop at the atlas silk shop. I organized with my taxi to take me from town to the silk shop wait then take me here wait and back to town. It cost 150rmb. The descriptions in the other reviews are accurate.
Yes this mausoleum is not a magnificent building. However with all the police and govt. crack downs I felt privileged to visit a special monument to the Muslims in Xinjiang who are facing racial persecution and no longer can visit or worship at the monument. It also begs the question of will this monument be preserved, Will ppl be allowed to return and pray, will
Culture be preserved?
An interesting experience walking alone amongst dunes in china to go visit essentially a grave.

For getting here look at my screen shot from maps me. In Uighur it’s immam asam ma. You want to end up at the black circle not the red. The red is a huge gate and then you’ll be walking on desert dunes for ages. Go to the black circle you end up at the end of a gravel road - which has abandoned looking brick houses lining it. There is a low gate with a security camera over top. Walk along this sandy path for like 20 min.
Eventually you will come to an “abandoned” building. Or in my case abandoned with one local guy in it- gave me hell of a fright.
When you arrive at the abandoned area there is a low brick wall to the right you can see the mausoleum from there. You could also walk through a blue gate next to the abandon house.
I talked to the local man and when I asked he said I shouldn’t enter up to the mausoleum which I respected.
Γράφτηκε στις 15 Οκτωβρίου 2018
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MarcelTraveller
Voorschoten, Ολλανδία1.563 συνεισφορές
Possible to visit and make photo’s, but not to enter.
Μάι 2018 • Ζευγάρια
Challenged by the fact that the Mazar of Imam Asim must be a ‘top site’ to see in Hotan because it is mentioned on Tripadvisor, in the Lonely Planet and in the book of Josh Summers about Xinjiang, we decided to visit the site on a day in May 2018. That day we had a driver for 300 yuan, with whom we had agreed to visit the Atlas Silk factory, the carpet factory and this mazar. As 99.9% of people in this region, the driver spoke not a word of English, We hoped he had understood by a translating service what we liked to visit.
After he drove us to the Silk factory, we went north in the direction of the tomb. Because the driver was asking some people for the direction, we were not for sure if we went to the site of Imam Asim.
After 15 minutes driving and a last left turn, the car got stuck in the sand of the road. With some writing, we understood we had to walk on this sandy road with trees on both sides for 15 minutes. Because we had seen on Google Earth there were no trees along the road, we doubted seriously if this was the correct location.
But, because we saw camera’s above the road (even on this location!) there had to be something to visit and the photo’s on Google Earth with no trees were probably from years ago. After 15 minutes we indeed reached a small house, probably for a guard, but it was deserted. Fortunately the gate to a small lane in the direction of the tomb was unlocked. When we saw the tomb, it looked completely different as on photo’s on Tripadvisor, because all flags were disappeared. I was a little disappointing. We saw a small old mausoleum, badly conserved, made of a kind of mud or yellow brick, on a little hill. Although we could climb over a low fence that surrounded the hill and the building, we decided not to do and make pictures from a small distance.

To be honest, it is more the idea and feeling that it is a special place with more than 1000 years of history than you can see it. Summarized, don’t go for a spectacular view, but for the challenge to find and to visit it as a memorable place in this region. To know for sure you go in the good direction, according to the GPS on our photo’s the location is N 37.14.28 E. 80.3.8.
Γράφτηκε στις 2 Ιουνίου 2018
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yoram b
Τσιάνγκ Μάι, Ταϊλάνδη254 συνεισφορές
Most unusual
Αύγ 2017 • Μόνος-η
Getting there without a guide is a real challenge which proves rewarding even if the compound gate is locked and inside is inaccessible.
Taxi is pretty much the only way. It cost me 150 yuan round trip from central Hotan. In the village of Jiya (pronounced Jeeya) I had to get permission from the police. Strict, quite tough but fair, he inspected my passport and after 15 minutes allowed us to proceed under an strict order that no photos in the area.
Another 1 km brought us to the end of the road. The taxi driver had no idea where to go from there so I ventured to wonder on the sand dunes, hoping to find the site. Before long there was a gravel road with trees on both sides and plenty of sand dunes all over the place and after a 20 minute walk there was the site, the small mosque, many flags, a few rabbits and plenty of trees. The gate was closed so the best alternative was to walk around the fence. It was a very pleasant walk, not too hot, which allowed viewing much of the internal yerd, praying compartments and finally the elevated tomb itself. Since I promised not to take photos I am posting pictures taken from the internet for the sake of providing an idea what one might expect.
On my visit no other visitors or worshippers were in the area. It was as so reviewers mentioned a serene experience, worth the adventure that preceded it and most fulfilling.
BRING YOUR WATER, as there is nothing available in the area unless the gate is open and you can enter inside the tomb and mosque compound.
Γράφτηκε στις 16 Αυγούστου 2017
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hidihidiho
true brit84 συνεισφορές
Memorable desolation
Μάι 2017 • Ζευγάρια
The situation has changed in Hotan since recent clampdowns. It is still possible to go to Imam Asim tomb, but if you go at the moment and for the foreseable future you will find the actual tomb and mosque firmly closed. The hoped for throngs of pilgrims especially in May are sadly no longer there as checks for local people are prohibitive at the moment and no gathering is allowed. Directions since I last wrote have changed a little since the number 5 bus no longer goes there. Take the number 5 bus from the grand bazar going out of town two stops. Keep saying JIYA to the driver and he will indicate where you go for the Jiya mini bus. Get off the number five, cross the road and enter the bus station through security. Ask for the Jiya minibus. Take the bus to the last stop and Imam Asim is a hot and dusty, but beautiful two km walk. You might get a local three wheeler driver to take you there and the kocal people are very friendly, but these days everyone is afraid to associate with foreigners so you might be out of luck. Be prepared to have your passport check and photographed by the friendly bunch of police at the entrance of Imam Asim. It is not forbidden to go there so don't worry, but the police are there to look after your safety :-) if all this seems too much trouble just take a taxi from the city. He wont be able to take you all the way up to the tomb because of the sand but he will wait for a fee. On a windy day the flags are evocative and timeless, but give a feeling of sad hopelessness in this bleak desert place. A good place to come and contemplate our fragility...
Γράφτηκε στις 11 Μαΐου 2017
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Gordon P
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mesmerizing
Δεκ 2015 • Ζευγάρια
This is one of those emotionally touching places, In the middle of sand dunes, you approach this quiet site and discover the thousand of prayer flags flying in the wind. What a feeling!
Γράφτηκε στις 8 Νοεμβρίου 2016
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hidihidiho
true brit84 συνεισφορές
Desert place
Αύγ 2016 • Φίλοι
This is a little difficult to find but if you take the number five bus and ask to be let off near Jiya ( the atlas silk village) you then can hitch a lift to the Tomb. Thursday's is best or any time in May when everyone converges on it. You see all kinds of people stepped in Islamic Sufism and folk beliefs coming to slaughter chickens and appease the various spirits. Some are terrified by demonic possession, some ask for children or wives or husbands. Some come to curse family members. Every spectrum of Islamic belief is here. It is a bleak and sandy place but interesting if you want to find out more about what makes the people tick in this far away desert city of Xinjiang
Me a
Γράφτηκε στις 6 Αυγούστου 2016
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paulrbaldwin
Πεκίνο, Κίνα94 συνεισφορές
Truly Magical and Spiritual Experience
Απρ 2016 • Μόνος-η
Nestled in flowing sand dunes northeast of Hotan and down a two-kilometer walk through the desert's edge, the "tomb" rests by the side of a collection of buildings that includes a prayer hall. The setting is magical, with the ceaseless wind whipping through prayer flags that surround the Imam's tomb. You can't approach the tomb itself, but there are a number of spots to stop and pray as you circumnavigate it.
Γράφτηκε στις 30 Ιουλίου 2016
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Swimmmer
Μπανγκόκ, Ταϊλάνδη163 συνεισφορές
Holy Place for Muslims
Μάρ 2016 • Μόνος-η
This is considered a holy place, yet it seems to have trash everywhere. That could just be that they place white flags up, and then when they fall down, they just leave them. There is a small mosque attached to it, which also has a wing for aged people.
Γράφτηκε στις 20 Ιουλίου 2016
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