Abakh Hoja Tomb

The Tomb of Xiangfei is the most magnificent tomb in Kashgar, which filled with history and symbolism. The Tomb is commonly known among Chinese as the Tomb of Xiangfei, a Qing Dynasty Uighur woman who was seized by the Qing and forced to marry the Qianlong Emperor. However, the tomb is actually the tomb of her grandfather Bakh Hoja and his family (including Xiangfei).

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Xiangfei, whose name means "Fragrant Concubine", is a great symbol to both the Uighur and Han peoples for different reasons. The Uighur see her as a Uighur heroine and the Han people see her as heroine of anti-Qing and anti-feudal sentiment. Nevertheless, after Xiangfei died, which according to reports was a forced suicide ordered by the jealous Empress Dowager, her body was carried back to Abakh Hoja Tomb in Kashgar over a tedious three-year journey.

The buildings of the Abakh Hoja Tomb are large and mosque-like with most of the buildings colored with blue and white and topped with a green dome and small minarets. On the dome, there is a small minaret with a crescent symbol on the top. The Tomb of Xiangfei herself lies on the northeast corner of the main tomb, with her name written in Chinese and Uighur. The Tomb of Xiangfei is covered with blue glazed bricks with beautiful patterns of blue flowers on a white background. 

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