Kashgar, located in Central Eurasia in northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, and closer to the Tajikistan border, was once an important spot on the Silk Road. A complex web of business that linked these and others from diverse walks of life almost 2,000 years ago found its center in Kashgar. When most visitors come to the ancient city, there's always one thing they cannot simply miss -- the bazaar.
There might be some moments in Kashgar bazaar where you'll feel like you had gone the other way from Kyrgyzstan and somehow ended up in the Middle East. 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 possible to shop for the following goods: carpets, jewelry, instruments, pottery, fruits, nuts and meat. If you get hungry, just head to the sidelines where various food stalls have been set up, each cooking a dish made of fresh mutton.
Another remarkable spectacle in Kashgar similarly takes visitors back to olden times: the city's amazing livestock market. To the locals, it is just another marketday, but for tourists, it is clearly a step into the past. At eight o'clock in the morning, the market is crowded with sellers and buyers as well as thousands of animals including cattle, sheep, donkeys and horses. Animals are tied in lines, their owners stand by them and look for buyers. Buyers examine the animals, touching them, and carefully checking their teeth, tails, hooves and hair. After the buyers feel satisfied, they begin to dicker with the sellers. Most sellers and buyers look very serious before they make a deal. They bargain repeatedly. After they reach a deal it is sealed with a strong handshake and even, a hug.
Time to plan your own bazaar adventure soon and experience Central Asia's modern-ancient trading center.