The covered bazaar is reminiscent of souks in other parts of central Asia and sells dried fruit, nuts and other souvenirs. The narrow alleyways surrounding the covered bazaar is a treasure trove of local Uighur life - definitely worth an afternoon of exploration. The adjacent Erdaqiao air-conditioned market offers numerous made-in-China trinkets and clothes, mostly gaudy, but if you look hard enough, you will find some hidden gems. A good lunch/dinner choice in the area is Zam Zam, which has both Uighur and Chinese menus. For tourists who don't speak either language, ask for the Polo (or zuafan), a Uighur staple of rice and mutton. Watch your pockets as the neighborhood is crowded and rampant with pickpockets looking to relieve your of your wallet and other valuables.
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