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

6 thoughts on “Shaxi Friday Market in Yunnan, China: Where You Can See Sidewalk Dentistry”

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

  2. 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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