Kuqa is a small city but holds many charms. Due to its unkempt appearance, it may not appeal to everyone at first sight but for those willing to dig deeper, it holds a wealth of attractions. Home to the second largest mosque of China, the Grand Kuqa Mosque has escaped the eyes of many tourists and is a peaceful and meditative site to experience in the Islamic culture of China.
An hour away lies the Kizil Thousand Buddhist Cave, arguably the oldest Buddhist cave complex in China and filled with artworks and statues from the 3rd century AD across the ages. A must visit is definitely the Tianshan Grand Canyon, 72 km north of Kuqa. Massive red sandstone walls surrounding you with sunlight bouncing off the grooves of the walls to create a mesmerising picture of colors and vibrance.