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Kashgar, Livestock Market, China

By Sonyaandtravis @sonyaandtravis

It was Travis who was very keen on visiting Kashgar.  When faced with our dilemma leaving Kyrgyzstan, I suggested traveling straight to Urumqi and perhaps giving the inconveniently located Kashgar a miss (I’d heard the city was no longer quite the Silk Road trading hub it used to be due to massive Chinese development). That would have been a mistake, and I’m glad my stubborn significant other insisted, one of the reasons being the livestock market (the others being the most enjoyable Uighur street food and fascinating night market).

Any traveler wishing to visit Kashgar should make sure their trip runs over a Sunday, as it is early morning on this day each week the local Kashgari men bundle their most valued livestock and display it for sale. The massive market, located about ten minutes from town comprises of sections for cows, sheep, goats (including a particularly favorite billy goat area), donkeys and horses. There were animals everywhere. I tried to avoid thinking about their fate. It was smelly, dirty and overwhelming, yet wonderfully intriguing to watch the interactions – a local Uighur man inspecting a potential purchase by squeezing the udders of a goat and finally, when the sale was made – the respectful handshakes between buyer and seller.

The bustling Kashgar livestock market

Cow and calf at Kashgar livestock market

Plenty of Uyghur men and livestock

Cows ready to be sold at the Kashgar livestock market

A not so happy bull

Cattle at the livestock market

Uighur men chatting around a cow

Plenty of cows at the Kashgar livestock market

Cows being unloaded from a truck

A Uighur men and his two goats

A Uighur men and his goats

Goats lined up at the Kashgar livestock market

Goats lined up at the Kashgar livestock market

Two men with donkeys chatting

A Uighur man and his donkeys

A donkey at the Kashgar livestock market

A boy looking after a lively donkey

Two men bartering over a donkey

Donkeys tied up at the Kashgar livestock market

A young happy billy goat

A billy goat between men

A young billy goat

Men bartering around the goats

A Uyghur men inspecting a billy goat

Transporting a goat at the Kashgar livestock market

A ute full of goats at the Kashgar livestock market

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