A VR trip to a Xinjiang bazaar
Updated 12:45, 21-Apr-2019
Wang Kailin, Zhang Wanbao
A bazaar is a traditional type of market in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. 
There is only one central bazaar in Chen Laoqi Village, Aksak Maral Township, Bachu (also known as Maralbishi in Uygur language) County, Kashgar. The bazaar opens on Wednesdays only. It occupies around 29 acres and when the bazaar opens, about 3,000 villagers come to shop and trade goods.
But, for them, the bazaar is more than a market. It is a place that has multiple functions. It is a place for shopping, delicious food and entertainment. Every Wednesday, more than 200 kinds of products are sold here, such as vegetables, fried fishes, meats, seeds, snacks, cakes, live sheep, shoes and traditional Uygur costumes made by Etles silk with colorful pattern. Uygur women love beautiful handmade clothes, and they even wear pretty Etles silk garments when they do farm work.
Villagers' vivid life is covered by a long red camp roof in the central bazaar. People gather to share fruit, chat and do business – and they bargain on everything. 
The old man in the central bazaar /CGTN Photo.

The old man in the central bazaar /CGTN Photo.

I met an adorable old couple in the bazaar. They sat on the roadside and ate watermelon. The old man told me that they have been married over 40 years. He and his wife like crowded places and they come to the central bazaar almost every week. They buy fruits and cakes. He bought a beautiful dress for his wife before they left this week.
Due to the inconvenience of the transport, people usually buy goods for a whole week. Xinjiang people love lamb and, if they have enough money, they will take a sheep back home.
The central bazaar is like a microcosm of Bachu County villagers life. If you look at the bazaar, you'll see the simple and cozy way that the Bachu people live.