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“A Must-Visit in Urumqi”

International Bazaar
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US$75.00*
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All Inclusive Private Urumqi Day Tour including Erdaoqiao Market
Ranked #1 of 18 Shopping in Urumqi
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Reviewed 3 October 2012

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.

2  Thank Mei L
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Reviewed 6 June 2012

I love the bazaar area, there's so much life and energy there. The bazaar area is just a few BRT (3) stops south of the People's Square, but it honestly feels like you're entering an entirely new country.

There are so many colourful scarves, trinkets, knives, jewellery, spices, clothes, shoes, 'antiques', preserved foods, tea sets and metalwork that it's easy to disappear for a good few hours and think you've only been there for a matter of minutes. Be prepared to bargain hard but be polite, the stall-holders are generally nice people who will take an interest in who you are and where you're from. Generally, people will not hassle you too much to buy, tell them you're just looking and they'll respect that fact.

As other reviewers have noted, don't just stick to the main building, there's SO much more to see in the lanes and walkways around the main bazaar and Erdaqiao, and is a great place to people watch.

4  Thank Ange0202
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Reviewed 6 May 2012

A very interesting place to visit. Vibrant, busy and colourful. Visit the Bazzar for local specialities, take some interesting photos, very 'folksy' people.

1  Thank Solarsid
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Reviewed 8 August 2010

The Islamic Bazaar is an extraordinary place, but the air-conditioned multi-story buildings have goods for tourists and prices to match. To see the Bazaar you need to explore the endless alleys filled with tin, copper, and iron workers making their artisanal crafts in front of you, Quirky shaped soaps filled with lanolin, lamb roasting on sticks, repair parts for cars and electrical goods all line the alleys. Uyghur preferences for colorful clothing and scarves bring the stalls alive, as well as the streets.
The city is a magnet for traders from nearby Mongolia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan, making it a Central Asian melting pot and a distinct contrast to eastern China's homogeneity.
The major down side is the snail's pace traffic throughout Urumqi, including the area up to and around the Bazaar. And skip the rugs in the bazaar, they tend to be over priced.

5  Thank seed37
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