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Moo and Mao about to change hands between the Uyghur & Tadjik - with taller hat....


Kashgar's renowned downtown livestock open market is a great place to catch a glimpse of Uyghur culture, this mother of all markets which attracts up thousand of farmers from all over the plains, deserts and mountains of the province and gethering in huge area. Established around an oasis at the foot of the Pamir Mountains, this 3 square kilometers market place marks the point where the northern and southern routes that encircle the Taklamakan Desert meet. It has been a major trading centre for almost 2,000 years,

Trafiic jam of donkeys carts compete with horseman and herds of sheep for space in the choatic dusty open square and exploring this marketplace is intriguing and eye-opening experience and navigating around is a heart-pulsating affair indeed. Here horses are test driven, sheep are inspected and picked over and cattle are paraded before potential buyers.

It's a delightful place to take in the region's diversity, as representatives of various colorful ethnic groups and subgroups show up, often in distinctive costume all sporting in their own particular headwears. Despite modern progress, deals are still made here the way they have been made for over a thousand years, a truly Central Asian experience all together re-enacting a ritual that has not changed much since the first days of the Silk Road. The Uyghurs use a method for bargaining by locking hands and using a communication method only with their fingers, bargaining without speaking, with lots of body language.

This ultra-remote Silk Road trading center has been around for two millennia, and with a market of this size and stature, you get the feeling it will be around for many more. It is at the very heart of Uyghur traditional way of life.......

A hard deal indeed in an early cold hazy morning, but it's a happy ending situation - please view additional picture

Workshop: A happy ending situation....

Setting: 21mm, 1/100 sec, F7.1 ISO Raw 100, 0702 hrs

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