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International Bazaar

Heping South Road, Urumqi, China
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Ranked #1 of 17 shopping in Urumqi
Type: Shops
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Chicago, IL
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117 reviews 117 reviews
69 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Having heard so much about this bazaar, we were excited to visit - until we saw the mass-produced goods, one store after another. The bazaar was almost deserted because of the bombings. It is arranged in sections: jade stores, carpet merchants, fruit sellers, etc. While somewhat interesting to walk around, it was not what I had expected in terms of... More

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Guilin, China
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108 reviews 108 reviews
76 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

This place used to be the first choice for shoppers until it became more and more touristy. If planning on serious shopping, Beiyuanchun (北园春) and Hualing (华凌) are where you should go, also locals' choice. You can buy twice the stuff at the same price in the International Bazaar. Be aware when you are haggling: if you don't sincerely want... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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68 attraction reviews
208 helpful votes 208 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Nothing memorable but local culture. No ornately made knives for me but you can buy local hats (colourful square shape) or costumes or carpets (??). dried fruits are a good buy but I cannot tell you whether they were prepared in the most hygienic way or exposed to dust and dirt. I would come here simply to soak in the... More

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Portland, Oregon
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194 reviews 194 reviews
35 attraction reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

I had high hopes for the Urumqi bazaar, but was greatly disappointed. The bazaars in Hotan and Kashgar are much more interesting. The Urumqi International Bazaar is located in 4 newish buildings with escalators, fluorescent lights, etc. It is more like a mall than a bazaar. Be aware that if you buy a knife (there are many locally made knife... More

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Malaga, Spain
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63 reviews 63 reviews
12 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

Good place to go if you´ve not got much time and ant to buy some tacky souvenirs as you can find ut all in one place. Basically hundres of stalls all selling the same stuff. NIce smells though from the herbs and spice sellers. If you´ve got more time you can get the same stuff much cheaper in the town... More

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Kuala Lumpur
16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

Stalls and shops selling similar but overpriced stuffs all over the place. Hard selling vendor who don't take bargaining lightly, they will gang up and ignore you if you bargain and do not buy. The dried fruits vendors will weigh and pack more of what you actually requested but will back down if you refuse to buy.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

I honestly did not find this bazaar any different than all the other markets all over China. It's filled with the usual cheap stuff, from food to clothes, from stones to knives. It is busy but I didn't find as many local specialties as I was hoping for.

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Singapore, Singapore
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125 reviews 125 reviews
108 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2013

This specially built bazaar with its Islamic styled minarets houses goods grown, made and sold by the local Uygur community. It's like a Middle Eastern souk brought indoors. There is a large restaurant serving a buffet of local delicacies with a stage performance showcasing the costumes and dancing of the local tribes. If shopping is your thing, there are four... More

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kuala lumpur
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133 reviews 133 reviews
62 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

similar to night markets, this international bazaar is overrated. Same stuff as night market,ie fruits, nuts, food, souvenirs, clothings, paintings,etc. The only unique stuff are the specially designed knives n daggers used by the locals. Unfortunately they cannot be brought into planes. Some interesting bbq eateries with display of meat. Rather filthy n crowded n beware of pickpockets.

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Hong Kong, China
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365 reviews 365 reviews
201 attraction reviews
182 helpful votes 182 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

The covered bazaar is reminiscent of souks in other parts of central Asia and sells dried fruit, nuts and other souvenirs. The narrow alleyways surrounding the covered bazaar is a treasure trove of local Uighur life - definitely worth an afternoon of exploration. The adjacent Erdaqiao air-conditioned market offers numerous made-in-China trinkets and clothes, mostly gaudy, but if you look... More

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