Shaxi Friday Market in Yunnan, China: Where You Can See Sidewalk Dentistry

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Shaxi Friday Market in Yunnan, China: Where You Can See Sidewalk Dentistry

Sidewalk Dentistry is a real thing, in Shaxi Friday Market

Shaxi is located in-between two popular destinations: Dali and Lijiang, Yunnan Province. While on your way to Dali or Lijiang, you might want to consider break up your trip by staying at Shaxi. It is a historic small village on the Tea-Horse trail. If you are landing on Friday, your Shaxi visit will be leveled up. Shaxi Friday market is the last remaining market town on the ancient Tea-Horse Caravan trail. It gets very busy on Friday.

When I arrived there the town looked pretty dead. Everything was closed and just the whole street was dug up. Though the architecture and the ancient looking alleyways captured my eyes. Next morning, which was Friday, Shaxi was a whole different town than the day before. The whole street was filled with people who want to buy and sell. Again, these markets are not for tourists; for people who are living in small villages around the town. The Bai people from all the villages in Shaxi Valley and the Yi people from the surrounding mountains all come together to trade everything from fresh produces to supplies and horses.

The best part was sidewalk dentistry. I’ve only heard about it, I never thought I could see one, and I did, twice. Plenty of other interesting things were going on the market. Selling the hair, selling/buying birds, smoking cigarettes while selling tobacco, and watching people with their traditional outfits. I try to go markets in small towns, and each has their own color.

Here are some more photos from Shaxi Friday market.

An old man with tabacco in Shaxi market

An old man with tabacco in Shaxi market. He posed for us.

Ladies in Shaxi Market

Ladies in Shaxi Market

Crowded shaxi market

Crowded Shaxi Friday Market

Shopping with the baskets in Shaxi Market

Shopping with the baskets in Shaxi Friday Market

snacks for sale in Shaxi market

Snacks for sale in Shaxi Friday market

Beans for sale in Shaxi Market

It's the season of Beans.

Oil for Chinese cooking

The main ingredient for Chinese cooking: Oil

Thinking about getting a basket for myself in Shaxi

Thinking about getting a basket for myself in Shaxi

Chicks for sale in Shaxi Market

Chicks for sale in Shaxi Market

Chicks for sale

Chicks for sale

Shaxi Market

Mushrooms? Seaweed? I have no idea what this is.

Ducks for sale in Shaxi market

Ducks for sale in Shaxi Friday market

Shopping with the basket in Shaxi

Shopping with the basket in Shaxi

Fresh pork in Shaxi Market

Fresh pork in Shaxi Market

Baskets in Shaxi market

Baskets in Shaxi market

Shopping with mommy

Shopping with mommy

Juno Kim
Juno Kim
Juno Kim, a happiness-seeking storyteller. Photographer, writer, and trained mechanical engineer. Life-long nerd. I left the cubic farm to follow my true love: the world. A firm believer of serendipity, astronomy enthusiaster, and living by passion and love in life. Currently, on a quest to discover stories and find the place where I can call 'home'. Follow my journey through @RunawayJuno and Google+ .

6 Comments

  1. I would be scared to visit the dentist – it looks like it could be a painful visit! Great shots of the market. I really like the one of the man selling tobacco. 😀

  2. ciki says:

    Love your photography woman! What gorgeous photos.. and it totally captures the essence of the market!

  3. Crystall says:

    Love those photos! It really makes me think to go to China and have this kind of experience… Thanks for the inspiration here…

  4. cmichaelsny says:

    You capture the the photo really great..Thanks for sharing this kind of post..

  5. […] Sidewalk dentistry exists. I couldn’t believe it. In Shaxi Friday Market, the people from villages gather here not only to shop but also to fix their teeth. I have no idea what kind of procedure they do from the table, but it seemed complex with a lot of tools. Can you imagine going market to meet a dentist? Brave women! Here is the photo series of Shaxi Friday Market. […]

  6. Great photos! Seems like you had a good time. I went to Yunnan in 2008. Wonderful part of China! I sadly only had the time for Shilin, Kunming, Lijiang, and then went hiking up along the Tiger Leaping Gorge. I’d love to come back though. Met so many people who went up to Dali…
    All the best! 🙂

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