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Sunday Bazaar

Sunday Bazaar

The Sunday Bazaar in Kashgar is an international market in Central and West Asia that lies in the northeastern region of Kashgar City. It is also referred to as East Gate Bazaar. It has a total area of 0.17 square kilometers, boasts 21 professional markets and more than 5,000 stable stalls, with a street full of local delicacies.

The products sold there vary, ranging over 9,000 types, with an annual volume of business totaling 0.12 billion. Each Sunday, various wagons and people from all walks of life can be seen in the bazaar showing the excitement and bustling atmosphere there. This is the best place to experience ethnic customs of the Uygurs in Xinjiang.

As early as two thousand years ago, the location of the market was the collection and distribution center of goods along the Silk Road. Today, it is even busier. The bazaar is open every day, but is only busy on Sundays. By riding donkeys or driving carts, farmers from surrounding areas hurry to the bazaar early in the morning. You can experience the prosperity there cheerful laughter and brisk scenery of buying and selling. It appears like nothing has changed after all the centuries.

All the specialties, handicrafts, daily necessities, fruits and vegetables, and livestock of Kashgar or Xinjiang can be found in the Sunday Bazaar. Besides local commodities, there are imported products from bordering countries sold there, such as handcrafts from Pakistan, scarves from Turkey, telescopes from Kyrghizstan, dry fruits from Saudi Arabia, among others. They are all sold at reasonable prices and are worth buying as souvenirs.