Kashgar’s livestock market

Squeezing in one more post before we leave the laptop behind and head off to hike Tiger Leaping Gorge. Fingers crossed that we’ll have good weather! 🙂

Kashgar’s weekly livestock market is simply tremendous; it was definitely worth the well-before-the-crack-of-dawn departure from Tashkurgan in order to make it back in time for the main action.

More about Kashgar to come after we’ve visited the Gorge, but in the mean time here are some photo impressions from the market.

The outdoor market takes place every Sunday, where farmers and other locals gather from around the area to buy and sell thousands of animals.

There are different sections for sheep, goats, cows and horses.

Sheep branded with paint

Watching the action in the cow section. (It was a rainy morning so many men had plastic over their traditional caps to keep them dry.)

It’s a deal! Lots of haggling with lots of body language. 🙂

Polka dots. Two women watch from above the crowds.

A reluctant purchase. A husband and wife try to convince their newly purchased sheep to move.

Food stalls lined the edge of the market.

As well as butcher’s stands.

Gone to see a man about a horse…

Shearing sheep

Shoeing donkeys

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