Erdaoqiao market is the largest retail and wholesale market for ethnic minority goods in Xinjiang. Night scene at the market is especially interesting. The whole area is lit up with colorful lights creating a very impressive scene. Erdaoqiao turns into a place bustling with trade in foods, handicrafts together with and dancing and all sorts of activities.
The market has a history of over 130 years with many transformations. It used to serve as a trading hub for goods from both Xinjiang and central Asian. In 1982, a covered market was opened, 330 meters long and covering 6,756 square meters. More than 660 stalls sell over 1,600 Uygur goods there and each day more than 20,000 people including vendors, merchants, visitors and customers make this place a part of their life.
In 2001, a new market, generally called New Erdaoqiao Market was set up as an extension of the existing one. It covers 35,000 square meters and, together with the old market, forms a lively tourist and trading center.
The market offers a mind-boggling array of goods ranging from dried fruits to expensive Hotan jade and rare antiques. The market also offers a good opportunity to practice your bargaining skills for all the goods are negotiable. As for those who are not so keen enough on bargain, hunting, jostling with the locals is reason enough to visit.
Hi Jay, Erdaoqiao market is one of them.Whitney Liao Replied on 2013-03-20
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