Shazhou Nightly Market
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flapjackbreakfast
Toronto, Canada20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Family
Come early to avoid the crowds. Really packed but fun food stalls with high quality food and drinks. Market area is nothing special.
Written 25 June 2024
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Ian Anderson
Shanghai, China158 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
You can choose restaurants or food stalls, former and better but more expensive, the latter more fun and cheaper. Lots of interesting food for sale, especially meat-based. Lively, friendly atmosphere. We liked the bar in the middle of the food stall area., surprisingly good beer and even served Cointreau!
Written 7 May 2023
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Gary, Australia
China79 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
I visited the Shazhou Night Market, Yangguan Middle Road, Dunhuang on the last night of 2020. The Market has two entrances on this road as well as exits to other streets. It was minus 15 centigrade and unsurprisingly, most of the stalls were closed. However, I can imagine it would be a bustling scene in warmer seasons.

I had a meal in a traditional 2-table café and for 100RMB had a delicious fare of roast mutton on skewers, donkey meat and vegetable-filled pastries (apologies to vegetarians and donkey breeders), broccoli in garlic and chili sauce, steamed rice and warm sweet tea. There were 10 food stalls open and all the food looked delicious.

I ate what seemed like a quarter of a sheep on another occasion.

Some gift shops were open and a few had better quality wooden sculptures … especially of the various representations of Guanyin, and loads of jewellery made of semi-precious stone. And of course camel ornaments.

Even if it was cold, it was a great place to eat and browse after sunset.
Written 1 January 2021
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jtaylor946
Guangzhou, China786 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Couples
We visited here in December. Most of the restaurants and stalls were closed. Most of the restaurants that were open didn’t look as good as ones you can find in other areas. However, we did find some nice raisins and bought some good sweet bread here. Prices are very cheap and you can haggle for souvenirs.
Written 1 January 2021
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swirlwind
Perth, Australia457 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
This night market just couple of streets from the new Opera House in the city centre opens every evening right to the early hours in the morning. Delicious freshly made pancakes, fried meaty momos, lamp falafels, kebabs, spicy noodles, local desserts with dates, fresh fruits... makes you want to stay a few more days -so to try a few more dishes.
Written 14 November 2019
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DorothyCheong
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia1,260 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
We enjoyed ourselves strolling this interesting night market with different types of things to see and food to eat; souvenirs, handicrafts, fruits, food, nuts, etc. Food vendors were very competitive. I cannot help forgetting the delicious lamb stick that we had, it was just sumptuous, grilled to perfection. The other dishes recommended to us were equally unique and good.
The seedless grape we bought from a senior woman in the market was very fresh and crunchy which we find it hard to come by during our trip to other cities.
Written 23 October 2019
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KodoDrummer
Buenos Aires, Argentina70,599 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Business
A cultural experience. Great for an enjoyable evening walk, dining on local foods, and many interesting locally made souvenirs.
Written 20 October 2019
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DianneSkelton
Wellington, New Zealand17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
We picked up many treasures at the night market, and found an excellent place to eat just down an alleyway with many options. The secret is to stray from the main road and explore
Written 13 October 2019
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Andrew M
7,541 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2019
The Shazou market is a must see for all visitors to Dunhuang. Although it is more popular at night, it is also an interesting place to walk in the day. We visited early in the afternoon before it was really busy, and enjoyed the less crowded area, as we were better able to view the shops and reliefs on the walls of a few buildings. There is free access to the market, and entrances from many side streets.

The market has four gates. The north section has two gates, the main entrance on Yangguan Middle Road and another smaller gate, a short walk to the right. The east gate seems to be the commercial entrance. A simple gate is at the southern entrance. In the center of the market is a courtyard area, which has benches for seating and a small stage used mainly for cultural performances. Many of the walls in this area had reliefs related to the Silk Road. The main restaurant area is in the northern section, whilst the most popular section was the nearby "food" street, which had many simple and reasonably priced f&b options. The streets surrounding the market, also had local food options. Our favourite was roasted duck.

The buzz of shoppers bargaining and the variety of shops makes this a great local experience. It is a great place to people watch and learn about the culture. The market is more popular at night and sometimes really crowded. I would suggest a stroll between 4-6pm when the stalls are still being set up. The mosque is at the south east end of the market, and makes for great photos with its' golden topped minarets. Other nearby attractions are the East main canal and the Playing Pipa statue.
Written 28 August 2019
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Love to Travel
Potters Bar, UK798 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2019 • Couples
It is a nice place to wander people watch a feel the vibe and energy. However be warned that the food in the night market is a ripoff, not sure if this is only for westerners or for Chinese tourists as well as there were 2 different menus.
A beer was 25, this is 4-5 in the shops and 8 in the other restaurants we ate at.
The food was nothing special and many stalls sell the same, donkey meat is popular here.
Dried fruit was expensive compared with buying in the shops.
Personally I recommend taking a look around, but eat else where.
Written 12 July 2019
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