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“Disappointing” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of International 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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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 207 helpful votes
“Disappointing”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2014

I had high hopes for the Urumqi bazaar, but was greatly disappointed. The bazaars in Hotan and Kashgar are much more interesting.

The Urumqi International Bazaar is located in 4 newish buildings with escalators, fluorescent lights, etc. It is more like a mall than a bazaar.

Be aware that if you buy a knife (there are many locally made knife stores), you will not be able to get it home. You cannot ship by mail, FedEx, UPS, etc. And if you put it in your luggage, the security at the airport or train station will find it and take it away. I know - it happened to me twice.

If you are going to Kashgar, that is the bazaar to see!

Visited April 2014
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Malaga, Spain
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“Typical tourist bazaar”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2013

Good place to go if you´ve not got much time and ant to buy some tacky souvenirs as you can find ut all in one place. Basically hundres of stalls all selling the same stuff. NIce smells though from the herbs and spice sellers. If you´ve got more time you can get the same stuff much cheaper in the town and by the way can take in the local atmosphere, there are loads of Street markets all over the place.

Visited October 2013
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Kuala Lumpur
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“Overpriced souveniers bazaar”
3 of 5 bubbles 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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shanghai
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“nothing special”
3 of 5 bubbles 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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“A modernized souk”
4 of 5 bubbles 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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