Shazhou Night Market located in Yangguan East Road, which is the largest night market in Gansu. Shazhou Night Market is increasingly favored by Chinese and foreign tourists. When night falls, when the Chinese lanterns bloom, the tourists from all over the world gradually gather in the night market where the lights are blurred, making it very lively. Shazhou Night Market consists of five major business areas: flavor snacks, handicrafts, teahouses, agricultural products, and local products. Because of its distinctive local characteristics and rich folk customs, it is known as the “Night Scenery and Painting” of Dunhuang.
The overall architectural style is imitation of Tang architecture and has rich local characteristics. It covers an area of 66,600 square meters and has Han, Hui, Uygur, Dongxiang, Yugu, Mongolian, Tibetan, Korean, Kazak, etc. 13 ethnic group, with more than 6,000 people operating, has ten functional areas, namely, cultural theme area, special dining area, folk custom area, western customs area, hotel bar area, barbecue area, Dunhuang specialty area, trade and shopping area, agricultural products area, starlight Night city.
In the special dining area of the night market, the famous snacks of Dunhuang are concentrated, and there are traditional noodles such as “Yellow noodles with donkey meat”, hand pull noodles, minced noodles and steamed cold noodles. Among them, the “Yellow noodles with donkey meat " is the most distinctive, is the finest in Dunhuang pasta, in addition to pasta, there are Lamb Haggis, roast lamb chops, grilled fish, mutton skewers, etc., a wide variety.
In the snack square, there is also a stage dedicated to theatrical performances. Tasting the food, you can also enjoy the popular cultural programs for free. Most of these programs are self-directed by locals. Although they are not professional enough, they are very popular, which is in line with popular tastes. In the agricultural products and local specialty areas of the night market, there are “Li Guang apricot”, Mingshan jujube, peach, pear, white grape, honeydew and other fruits. Among these fruits, Li Guang apricot is the most famous. Li Guang apricot is sweet and delicious, and it is called the best in the fruit, the "king of apricot"!
In the night market, there are more than 100 craft booths. These booths are not large in size and are lined up along the street to facilitate visitors to see and purchase goods. Products include crystal stone glasses, crystal stone jewelry, jade camel, Dunhuang silk carpet, statues, mural replicas and luminous cups, travel books, etc., a wide variety. The local artists have put the exquisite murals and colorful sculptures of Mogao Grottoes on the canvas, silk scarves, gourds, wood and slate in an artistic way, making these seemingly ordinary things into one piece of art. In particular, the Dunhuang woodcuts are engraved, and the world is concentrated between the squares. The desert style of the Mingsha Mountain Crescent Spring and the rough and unrestrained appearance of the Yardang landforms are vividly displayed, and they are fascinating.
Dunhuang Night Market was identified as one of the “Chinese Folk Customs Travel destination” by the National Tourism Administration in 2003. In 2008 was named "National Civilized Market", "National Top Ten Markets".