Bazaar means market, which comes from Mid Asia. People often say “ if you want to get to know a nation you should start from their dancing”. But for Xinjiang you should start from Bazaar. In Kashgar Bazaars are open only on Sunday which is the busiest day of the week.
Kashgar Animal Bazaar is about 8 km from the city, it's the largest animal market in Xinjiang. Every Sunday morning, people come from different places of Kashgar area trade their animals here. Milk cows, sheep, camels, horses, yaks, goats, donkeys of different breeds and colors were tied and lined up, wait to be sold. Local people of different nationalities wearing their own costume trade in the traditional way. The sellers and buyers never bargain with mouth, they hide their hands under cloth or in long sleeves and touch each other’s fingers to communicate the price. It is said this old tradition can date back to Qin dynasty of 2200 years ago when foreign traders took their animals to the market in Xianyang, who bargain with Chinese in this special way.
Kashgar is a melting pot of several different populations and cultures. The animal bazzar is the best place to appreciate the local cultures, with farmers and herders of different ethnic origin.
Go with a local, who can explain you the meaning of the moves and gestures of the buyers and sellers.
A must to get immersed in a unfortunately disappearing world.