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“Overpriced souveniers bazaar”

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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Kuala Lumpur
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“Overpriced souveniers bazaar”
Reviewed 8 October 2013

Stalls and shops selling similar but overpriced stuffs all over the place. Hard selling vendor who don't take bargaining lightly, they will gang up and ignore you if you bargain and do not buy. The dried fruits vendors will weigh and pack more of what you actually requested but will back down if you refuse to buy.

Visited May 2013
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“nothing special”
Reviewed 15 August 2013

I honestly did not find this bazaar any different than all the other markets all over China. It's filled with the usual cheap stuff, from food to clothes, from stones to knives. It is busy but I didn't find as many local specialties as I was hoping for.

Visited August 2013
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Singapore, Singapore
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“A modernized souk”
Reviewed 2 May 2013

This specially built bazaar with its Islamic styled minarets houses goods grown, made and sold by the local Uygur community. It's like a Middle Eastern souk brought indoors. There is a large restaurant serving a buffet of local delicacies with a stage performance showcasing the costumes and dancing of the local tribes.

If shopping is your thing, there are four main halls and one of them specializes in the dried fruits that the area is justly famous for. These include dates, raisins, figs and nuts of all types. The other halls include a mix of produce like jewelry, musical instruments, teas, perfumes, vases, cold-wear and even exotic rocks which seem to be popular within this province. One of the halls has apparel, shoes and even watches mostly of the “quality” you find in the more populated centers of China.

Unlike most of such tourist catchment locations like this, the vendors didn't exhibit any enthusiasm to get your business. Mostly, they will wait for you to approach them. Perhaps its their culture. You will need to bargain but overly aggressive bargaining will just make them lose interest. In any case, if you are only stopping at Urumqi and not other towns or cities further along the Silk Route like Hami, the dried fruits are a must buy albeit more expensive than in the smaller towns.

Visited September 2012
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kuala lumpur
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“Overrated”
Reviewed 6 November 2012 via mobile

similar to night markets, this international bazaar is overrated. Same stuff as night market,ie fruits, nuts, food, souvenirs, clothings, paintings,etc.
The only unique stuff are the specially designed knives n daggers used by the locals. Unfortunately they cannot be brought into planes.
Some interesting bbq eateries with display of meat.
Rather filthy n crowded n beware of pickpockets.

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Hong Kong, China
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“A Must-Visit in Urumqi”
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.

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