Xinjiang is a Uyghur autonomous region so that you could buy all kinds of ethnic stuff there. Thanks to good conditions of climate for planting, you could buy fruits and melons with high quality as well. Here are some Xinjiang shopping choices you could refer to for your Xinjiang visiting.
What to Buy in Xinjiang
Xinjiang Melons and Fruits
Xinjiang is known as the hometown of melons and fruit, with all kinds of categories and high quality. The famous four melons there are grapes from Turpan, melons from Hami, pears from Korla and pomegranates from Yecheng city. You could buy all sorts of fresh and dried fruits there, like Hami melon, grapes, pomegranates, walnuts, figs, almonds, peaches, mulberry, pears, etc.
Saussurea Involucrate (天山雪莲)
It is a kind of traditional Uygur medicine which is harvested in summer and autumn when it blossoms.
Xinjiang Nuts Cake (切糕)
It is a kind of candy with rich nutrition. This kind of cake takes walnut kernel, grape juice, raisins, sesame and corn as ingredients. Containing a lot of sugar, it is easy to store and is considered to be "compressed biscuits" type of food.
Xinjiang is famous for producing fine jade since ancient times, during which Hotan jade is the most well-known. Hotan jade enjoys exquisite texture, fat-like luster and melodious sound, which can not be compared by those from southern China or South Africa. It belongs to the fine category which can only be produced in Xinjiang.
Xinjiang raisins are quite famous in China, especially Turpan raisins because Turpan enjoys favorable conditions for grapes planting which provides high-quality grapes as raw material for raisins.
It has other nicknames like partial peach. Many countries in the world call it almond. Badam almond is a traditional Uighur fitness tonic, and some people chew several before going to sleep per day. The almonds of Kashgar have the features of high containing of carbohydrateand oil, and sweet and tasty flavor.
Hotan silk got fame on Silk Road. Now there nearly 2，001 hectares of mulberry planting fields with more than 6，000 mulberry trees which could produce 3，500 tons of cocoons. Hotan Silk Plant which was founded in 1953 has become a major silk printing and dyeing joint enterprises in northwestern China. Its products have been exported to international markets.
Nang in Xinjiang has a long history, and it is a main staple food there. It has golden yellow skin. In the ancient time, it is called "Hu Bing" (胡饼) or “Lubing”. Its main principal raw material is flour. Naan has round shape. The biggest one is called “Aimanke”, with 40 to 50-centimeter diameter. An “Aimanke” usually needs 1-2 kg of flour, known as the king of naan.The smallest ones often have the size as a general cup mouth, named as “Tuokaxi”, with 1-centimeter thickness. There are also other sizes of naan. Different categories have their own decorative design.
Jade Carving Products
Xinjiang is famous for Hotan white jade, jasper of Mnasi (玛纳斯) and topaz of Hami. So the jade carrying products like vases, animals, plants and people are popular for tourists. The jade products there have been exported to many countries and areas.
Xinjiang is known as the birthplace of the carpet with a long history. Carpets there are known for skillful craftsmanship. And have been exported. Hotan is the home of Xinjiang carpet. Thus, it is a good place for you to buy the most authentic carpets there.
Where to Buy in Xinjiang
Grand bazaars are special market in Xinjiang where a variety of products gather together. In addition to bazaars, you could also shop at shopping malls or department stores as well. Here is some of them you could shop.
Xinjiang Interpersonal Grand Bazaar
It is located on No.8 Jiefang South Road, Tianshan District. The tour tower of the Silk Road opens from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and the business time of the shops there is from 9：30 a.m. to 10 a.m... It is the symbol of Xinjiang’s prosperous business and tourism, and a landscape architecture of the ethnic groups in Urumqi. The architecture there shows the styles of Islam and expresses strong culture of China's western regions. It is a must – to – go market that provides all kinds of things.
Erdaoqiao Market (二道桥市场)
The market could be the mark and symbol of Urumqi. It is thought as the epitome of Central Asia that is almost visited by every tourist who travels there. It is a famous bazaar where Uyghur residents live in. It is a wonderful place for souvenir shopping.
Kashgar Grand Bazaar
It is located in east gate of Kashgar and is known as an international trade market in northwestern China. The bazaar has a long history of more than two thousand years. There are more than 5,000 booths offering hundreds of thousands of products.