Monday, June 12, 2006

Sunday & Livestock Markets

One of the biggest attractions I've been looking forward to here in Kashgar has been the Sunday and Livestock markets. It's supposed to be one of the most mind boggling bazaars in Asia according to LP. We got up around sunrise as we heard this was when the streets start filling up. To our surprise, we found the markets don't start until 10am local time (which is noon Beijing time). Swell, we had a few hours to kill. We made our way to the Sunday market anyways. It wasn't very busy yet but there were people setting up and as time went by, it started getting fairly packed and we begin to hear the shoutings of 'Boish-boish!' (coming through!).

Parts of the Sunday market were unfortunately a little more touristy than expected but there were still areas which were full of local traders selling everything from meat to knives to fabric.

We then made our way over to the livestock market which was even more interesting! Here, they had a similar market to the Sunday market, just smaller, and a whole area dedicated to buying livestock. Many sheep's backs would be rubbed, butts pinched and teeth checked before making the deal. The black mother and baby below were bought for 250 yuan (35 cdn).


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