Kashgar Bazaar, or the Middle and West Asia International Trade Market, is the biggest market in Central Asia. The bazaar is a unique type of trade found in Xinjiang with a history of more than 2,000 years. Today's Kashgar Bazaar has preserved the old traditions. On the streets one can find markets selling various commodities, such as vegetables, fruits, food, garments, tools and handicrafts.
Bazaar is a word comes from the Uygur language, which means the market and trade place. In the past, bazaar was only held on Sundays. Nowadays, it has been divided into two sections, one is livestock district that is only open on Sundays and the other is ordinary district especially busy on Sundays although open every day.
Kashgar Bazaar highlights a great amount of goods and commodities. Wandering in the fair, you can enjoy and buy things like 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 from Pakistan, scarves from Turkey, dry fruits from Saudi Arabia can be bought at a reasonable price here. Moreover, you can experience an ancient peculiar trade form - barter.
Location: at the East Gate of Kashgar City
Transportation: Taking bus No. 1 or 17 from the downtown of Kashgar City can get access to the market.
Opening hours: All day long (Sunday is the best time for a visit)