Kashgar Sunday Bazaar Travel Guide
Bazaar means market and trade place in Uygur language. Originally it is held on Sundays, but in fact, this is just one of the sections. Another section is ordinary district especially busy on Sundays although open every day.
The market is a kind of agricultural market, which has expanded to include anything you can think of, including clothing, knives, and more. At the fair, you can enjoy and buy various things such as general merchandise, handicrafts, livestock, local specialties, vegetables, coat, and second hand items as well as many other kinds of things from cattle and horses to needle and thread. Since Khunjerab Pass and Tuergate Port were opened, a large number of foreign merchants have come with a great deal of goods. Thus, arts and crafts of Pakistan, scarves of Turkey, dry fruits of Saudi Arabia all can be bought at a reasonable price here. Moreover, you can experience an ancient peculiar trade form - barter.
At present, there are more than 20 large scale bazaars in Kashgar, of which the one located at the East Gate of Kashgar City is the largest. As an expansion on the same theme, Kashgar is also home to a weekly Sunday Market that takes place on the northeastern outskirts of the city.
Conservative estimates put that area at least 5,000 stalls that see traffic of around 100,000 people daily. Countless merchants from many parts of the world would go to Kashgar to trade and buy various wares so it was also known as "the pearl on the Ancient Silk Road".
The goods available include pots and pans, arts and crafts, garments, knives, timber, coal, and animals.
Can be reached by bus No.17 and 20 from downtown.
Best time to visit: August and September.
If you don´t want to buy the thing you have had a look at because of the price or other reasons, please put your right hand on your heart to say ´I think I´ll leave it. Thank you just the same.