Shopping at Sha Ping

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Shopping at Sha Ping

Every day of the week you can find a market in the towns around Erhai Lake in northwestern Yunnan Province. On Tuesday it’s in Shuanglang, on Wednesday, Shaba, on Friday in Yousuo, and in Jiangwei on Saturday. Xizhou and Zhoucheng have daily markets. On Monday morning head to Sha Ping, a 45-minutebus ride north of Dali Old City. The market last from about 10am to 2pm and you’ll see plenty of ethnic Bai people there buying and selling a wide variety of produce, meat, and dry goods.

Here’s an idea of some of the things you’ll find for sale a Sha Ping market:

view of Sha ping market in Yunnan

A majority of Bai ethnic people buying and selling at Sha ping market.

sale at Sha ping market

view of Sha ping market in Yunnan china

Many people use these basket backpacks for shopping

women buying

buying oranges

chili peppers

Chili peppers for sale

ground chili

ground chili peppers

juno buying pineapple

We didn’t just walk around snapping photos. Here Juno is buying a mini pineapple.

grain sorting

These are used for sorting grains


Charcoal for sale

tie die

Tie die is one of the specialty products here.

baskets for sale

Baskets for sale.

shoping for brooms

Shopping for brooms.

natural brooms


tobacco sale

A tobacco sale going down




Haven’t figured out what this is yet. We tried to ask but had some minor communication issues.


The meat department


Pork for sale

unknown for sale

Another unknown. Any ideas? Let me know in the comments section.

tea for sale

A woman selling loose leaf tea.

lotus root

Lotus root

Sha Ping Market



All photos by Stephen Bugno

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Stephen Bugno
Stephen Bugno
Stephen Bugno has been traveling the world and writing about it for the better part of 20 years. His articles and essays have appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Seattle Times, and Transitions Abroad magazine. He blogs at Bohemian Traveler and edits the independent travel magazine He most recently set up a tour company offering authentic, small group tours at Unquote Travel. Follow him on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


  1. Courtney says:

    Love the photos!
    We are going to Shaping today to stay with a local.

    I think the meat products you were wondering about are rolled fat and blood sausage.
    I love blood sausage!

    Cheers to a fellow travel warrior!

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