Monday, September 19, 2011

Kashgar Street Markets, Ramadan Fiesting

I need to get my head out of the crazy drama at work.  Let's look at pictures of the Kashgar street market, shall we?  Right.

Since it was Ramadan, observant locals ate once before dawn and fasted until sunset.  During the day, the local street markets were relatively quiet.  As sunset approached, however, the scene slowly started to become busier, and busier, and still busier, before finally bursting into an frenetic pace as families bought food for their evening meal.  The streets: People yelling and jostling, sheep being herded around, electronic motorbikes buzzing through the crowds.  Then, just as quickly as it began, it dissipated and darkness fell.  It was quite a treat to see.

Ethan and I started most days strolling.  For lunch, we would buy fruit, bread, yoghurt, cake, and drinks from a street market vendor and then return to our guesthouse, where we would sit and read until we decided a nap was due.  That was how we beat the heat.

After the nap and sunset, we would find a local place to eat dinner and then walk over to Id Kah Mosque,  to  a small eatery on the square that sold frozen yoghurt cones for 1 RMB.  Steal!  We'd sit on the steps and watch the children play.


  1. What a unique city! I love the gold door on the teal brick.

    I've never posted a local guide to Bangkok. I've been wanting to, but I realized that I don't really do anything unique to tourists (I'm a frequent visitor of Paragon and Chatchuchak market). Have you been to other cities in Thailand? I think those might interest you.

  2. I think you should post a guide. Sure, it might necessarily capture some tourist stuff, but there must be restaurants or places that you recommend from living there.

    Honestly, I haven't given Thailand much of a chance for travel. The funny thing is that I realize now that Bangkok is an incredible city with lots of energy. It's probably a really good place to live, probably the best big city in SE Asia.

  3. everything looks so vibrant! i love the beautiful boxes of powders in the last photo. do you know what they're used for?

    you're so lucky to have the opportunity to visit these places.

    p.s. i use a nikon d40 or nikon d5000 for photos.

  4. Hi Renee! The boxes are full of mineral pigments to make dyes. You see them all over the street markets.

    Ooh, thanks - I'm in the market for a new camera.


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