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A Taste of Xinjiang: Visitors return to Kashgar Night Market following relaxation of epidemic controls

The ancient city of Kashgar, in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, is home to the famous Kashgar night market. The market usually draws hundreds of thousands of tourists and locals throughout the year, and has seen hard times amid the coronavirus pandemic. But with the situation under control in China, the hustle and bustle of the bazaar has resumed. CGTN's Huang Yue takes us there to take in the sights, smells, and flavors.

HUANG YUE Kashgar, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region "It's 9 p.m. Beijing Time, and here in Kashgar, people are out for the night, although the evening shadows haven't even fallen yet! There's an old saying that goes, 'If you've never been to Kashgar, you will never know the real Xinjiang.' And if you do come to Kashgar, how could you miss the opportunity to feast on some authentic Xinjiang delicacies? Wanna have a feast? Let's go!

HUANG YUE Kashgar, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region "As you can see, one of the most typical Xinjiang delicacies is the kebab! You can find a lot of booths selling barbecued mutton or lamb."

"We reopened last November. Now the market is full of customers again every day."

LI JIAXIN Tourist from Shenyang "I'm traveling all around southern Xinjiang. I specifically stopped here in Kashgar to visit the night market. I'm a meat-lover. The mutton skewers are my favorite!"

CAI PENGCONG Tourist from Shenzhen "I just bought the mutton offal. I actually tried it when I first visited here in 2017. It's just so different from the food in my hometown in south China. This time I decided to have it again."

MURADIL Kashgar Resident "The last time I came here was June last year. Today I felt like eating out so I came here. This is a must-see place for tourists visiting Kashgar."

HUANG YUE Kashgar, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region "Another thing you must try is the fruit! Numerous fruits grow in Xinjiang, and this area is especially famous for its watermelon and Hami melons."

Although China has controlled the COVID-19 pandemic with no new domestic cases, sporadic imported cases are still being reported. And that's why vendors and customers have been advised to wear face masks. But of course, you can take them off to enjoy your food!

Huang Yue, CGTN, Kashgar, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.