Kashgar Sunday Market.

6 years ago

Reaching Kashgar is a real hassle. You can cross over the Khunherab Pass at 4,693 metres (15,397 feet) from Pakistan, on probably the highest-altitude bus route in the world while doing world’s best road trip. You can also take a three-day, almost non-stop bus ride through the desert from the nearest Chinese town of Urumqi. It’s actually MORE than 4300km (2 672miles )to Beijing, or a 7-hour flight, just 1 hour less than flying from London to New York!

The 24 meter high Mao Statue in Kashgar.

Maybe the most famous thing in Kashgar is the Sunday Market, which is open every day, despite its name. It’s also supposed to be the biggest market in all of Central Asia, with a history stretching back over 2000 years from the Silk Road area.

It’s said that the population of Kashgar increases with about 100.000 on Sundays.

The market offers everything between heaven and earth, from dried snakes and reptiles, musical instruments, fur caps, kitschy souvenirs, carpets and kinds of plastic fantastic Chinese miscellaneous, I even got offered real snow leopard skin…

Some dried Snake or Lizards.
One out of the hundred stalls selling hats.
Dry Fruits

The market covers a huge area, with almost nothing packaged up or freighted in or prettified in any way. The food, most of it unidentifiable, is sold in mounds and heaps, or, if you’re lucky, in a sack.

But maybe the most interesting part of the market is the livestock market that’s located about 10km outside of town.

Here you can buy, camels, sheep, cows, donkeys etc, but no pork since this is the Islamic part of China.
While I saw no other foreign tourists in the town’s market, I have seen more than 20 foreign tourists out there.

One Sheep, Two Sheep, Three Sheep. ZZZZZZZZZ
Sleeping Sheeps, ZZZZZZ
That’s one fat ass going to the market.
One pretty camel
Camel Section
Never full enough, I’m sure they can squeeze another in there
Important to try the horse before buying it.
Is someone Overcompensating?
Horse and cart are still a common type of transportation in the area.

Additional information about Kashgar Sunday Market.

There’s a heavy military presence in the whole Xinjiang province these days, so don’t get surprised by all heavy armored military around the city.

The Karakoram Highway from Pakistan ends in Kashgar, there are buses and jeep direct to Kyrgyzstan, there are also trains to other parts of China and there’s even a “highway” to Lhasa, Tibet from Kashgar.

There are 4 trains a day from Kashgar to Urumqi and vice versa, the fastest train takes only about 16 hours these days and the slowest about 24 hours.

There’s NO entrance fee to the market, it can be reached by bus 17 and 20. And it will cost you about 20 – 30 RMB by a taxi to reach the livestock market.

Is the market worth a visit? 5/10
If your lucky enough to be in Kasghar on a Sunday is it definitely worth a visit, but its not worth waiting around in Kasghar for 3-4 days just to be able to visit the Sunday market.

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