Bazar means country fair, free trade market with many street pedlars. People can find Bazars everywhere in Kashi City, Xinjiang. China government built specially Kashi Middle Asian International Trade Market in northeast of Kashi City in 1992 because the international trade increased very rapidly. It occupied 5 square kilometers of land.
Bazar is Uygur language, means market or country fair. Big Bazar means big market.
Kashi City in Xinjiang is a large city on the western borders of China, also a famous historic and cultural city. The commerce here developed very fast in Han and Tang Dynasty. All merchants and tourists set out from Xi'an converged in Kashi regardless of going through southern road of Tianshan or northern road of Tianshan. Therefore, Kashi City is a important commercial and cultural city in ancient Silk Road.
Bazar here is famous for long history (about 2000 year's history). China government built large scale Kashi Middle Asian International Trade market in northeast of Kashi in 1992 in order to suit the needs of rapid development of international trade. There are about 5000 stands filled with ten thousand kinds of goods such as caps, knife, carpet, melon fruits, ox, sheep, roasted beef, Zhuafan local special products.
In one word, there are about everything you would expect to find, goods for eating, using and dressing. More than one hundred thousand people gather here everyday, it can be described as "the street of ten kilometers length gather various kinds of goods."
According to statistics, the big Kashi Bazar has received about 500 foreign touring and purchasing parties, twenty thousand people, and sold three thousand-ton of goods at least since it opened to outside (eight years ago). Big Bazar has become the largest international trade market in northwest of China.
Many years ago in Kashi, the traditional Bazar was opened only on Sunday, whenever on Sunday, almost all people (male and female, young and old, ordinary people and businessmen) went to Bazar just like going to temple fair. Businessmen bargained, ordinary people bought what they need, appeared a scene of bustle and excitement.
Nowadays, as for the practical business needs, local government approved to open the Bazar everyday. Thus, form the grand occasion of large Sunday Bazar everyday. All tourists go to Kashi, they must go to Sunday Bazar and cannot help buying commodities when they go home. Sunday Bazar is so interesting that you must have interest to visit it.
Bazaar is Uygur language, meaning market and trade place. The traditional bazaar was originally held on Sundays, but it currently is 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.
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. This bazaar also named 'International Trade Market of Central and Western Asia' is the largest international trade market in Northwest China, enjoying the fame 'Material Fair of Central Asia'. It is the largest garden aggregate market of Kashgar City and in Xinjiang Province, taking up an area of 250 mu (41 acres), composed of 21 specialized markets including over 4,000 fixed booths and a food street. It was noted as 'the Largest Fair in Asia' in ancient times. As early as in 128 BC, when Zhang Qian was dispatched to the Western Regions by Emperor Wudi of the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220), he was surprised to see the prosperous market here, full of dazzling goods and merchants coming from different countries.
The Sunday Bazaar is an incredibly popular market all over the Xinjiang Province and extend all over China since ancient times. Over the years it has grown larger in scale, and has attracted a wider range of merchants as well as buyers and tourists from Xinjiang as well as neighboring countries such as Pakistan and Kirghizstan.
Bazaar as in Uygur language means farming trading market. The Sunday Bazaar in Kashgar is by far the biggest, busiest and most popular market in Xinjiang.
Every week an estimated over 50,000 people are pouring into Kashgar's Sunday Bazaar from all around on bicycles, tractors, trucks and even donkey-drawn carts. Almost
anything can be traded here from livestock such as sheep, goats, horses and camels, to clothes, fruit and vegetables. It is a fantastic place to be in if you are looking for varieties and especially bargains, as you can bargain for up to 60-70% off the labeled price! The bazaar opens early in the morning and lasts for a long day till early evening with fast-foods and drinks readily available.
Bazaar Delicacies: roasted sheep, Xinjiang Kebabs, Zhua Fan (Rice Eaten with Hands), nang (a kind of Uygurs' food), Youtazi (Steamed multilayer bread).
Local specialties: carpets, clay pottery, jewelry, folk musical instruments, guavas, almonds, figs, grapes and melons.
Etiquette: 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.'
Best time to visit: August and September
Admission Fee: Free
Opening Hours: Whole Day (Sunday is the best time for a visit)
Bus Route: No.17 and 20