The animal market can be mucky, so wear shoes that can be easily cleaned.
Both the animal market and the Grand Bazaar can be quite busy, so keep your kids close and away from the traffic.
The animal market only happens on Sunday, and the Grand Bazaar is at it's best on Sunday, so this is by far the best day to visit.
It gets cold in this part of the world in the winter; try to visit between April and October.
You can take a cab to the animal market, but the bus is easy and much cheaper. If you choose to take the bus, be prepared for a hot, crammed ride. Just remember, it's part of the experience.
The Kashgar market or Grand Bazaar, as its also known, is steeped in history and riddled with diversity. This also speaks to the city of Kashgar, it is a melting pot of cultures. Here in China’s northwest region of Xinjiang, the culture is more Central Asian with a hint of China. Visiting the markets here is an excellent way to spend a day in Kashgar with kids. They offer great opportunities to observe Uighur culture. Moreover, visitors also get an authentic feel for the way life functions in this often-forgotten part of China.
To begin, the Grand Bazaar. It is open 7 days a week, but Sunday is the busiest day. Come early to beat the crowds and have a more enjoyable market experience. Following this Kashgar market, take the 30-minute bus ride to the northwest corner of town to see the Kashgar animal market. It’s a bit muddy, and kinda smelly, but that’s all part of the fun! Here, watch the locals buy and sell livestock at break-neck speed and pet some of the smaller animals. Grab a slice of watermelon and munch away while you take in the sights. Watch as the animals are loaded into the back of trucks and whisked away to their new “home.” End the day at the night market, sampling as much of the local cuisine as your belly will let you. Make sure to share each dish in order leave room to try more things. There’s an amazing amount of variety available, including dessert.