Kashgar Sunday Market
Kashgar Sunday Market, also known as Kashgar Sunday Bazaar, is the biggest market in Central Asia. It is also a pivotal trading point along the ancient Silk Road where goods have been traded for more than two thousand years.
The Sunday Market is an active market every day, but Sunday is the special day, because, on Sunday, people from all corners of Kashgar and surrounding countries come in to the market to sell or buy. Since this is the biggest market in the area and in Central Asia, you can find almost anything which you can think of. There is a saying that goes “you can buy anything from the Sunday Market in Kashgar except chicken milk and cow’s egg”.
The Sunday market is separated into more than 20 sections ranging from headscarf’s, Pakistani goods, textiles, dried fruits, men and women’s shoes, species and medicines, traditional Kashgar and Hotan carpets, handicrafts, sweets, stationary, Uyghur knives, Uyghur hats, bags, musical instruments, clothes, building materials, kitchen utensils and so on….
Be aware that some of the sections of the Market are not part of the main market and they are closed during the week days. These include the livestock market and others. The current location of the livestock market has been moved to 6 km southeast of Kashgar city. The livestock market is also divided into areas specializing in particular animals including sheep, cattle, donkeys, goats and horses. More camels and yak are traded during the autumn season.
. Please take good care of personal belongs as the market gets extremely crowded on Sundays.
. Remember the word “Posh” which means get out of the way. As soon as you hear this word, please watch yourself.
. Bargaining is common, so please don’t say we didn’t remind you. As bargain prices range significantly, please ask from your tour guide or hotel staff for acceptable prices of particular products.