It’s been something like four years, but here I am again revisiting the vibrant Yiwu Night Market, also known as the San Ting Lu Night Market.
Spanning the length of Santing Road between Gongren N Road and Chouzhou N Road, this 800 metre strip of road transforms into a bustling market in the early evening every day of the year. Entering from Gongren N Road, it’s hard to miss a variety of vendors selling skewers of edibles ready for the grill or stock pot, or the giant platters of seasonal fruits.
It was difficult to miss this giant poodle wearing a bib!
The bulk of the market is a sprawl of small tents – hundreds of them – peddling the best mid-quality fake brands you could hope to purchase. Shoes, handbags, watches, clothing, accessories – you name it.
You can get your nails stencilled or embedded with diamantés, get a faux tattoo or even splash out and grab some fake eyelashes if the ones you were born with just don’t cut it.
Expect to find more street food where 3rd, 5th and 7th Streets intersect with Santing Road; some with seating where you can plonk with your shopping and fuel up on whatever takes your fancy. If you head down 7th Street you’ll notice things beginning to took a little Middle Eastern. This is the Binwang business & trade area which is full of shops, hotels, outdoor Xinjiang grill restaurants and somewhere to sit and smoke a shish pipe or simply tear into some freshly baked náng bread and watch the world go by. Read more about my previous visit here.
The bulk of the food can be found towards the end of the Santing Road – served from brightly lit carts sitting side-by-side and offering many things familiar and some things that may make you scratch your head and wonder what the hell it may be.
Skewers of marinated goodies ready for the grill. Simply grab what you want and hand it over to the cook. How easy it that!
Roasted birds in lotus leaf, chestnuts and more skewers.
Maybe some grilled knuckles?
There’s so much to enjoy in the food sections and I can vouch for the slabs of silken tofu cooked on a hotplate. The best I’ve tried anywhere. A little seasoning, perhaps a light dose of msg, and a small ladle of chilli broth.
Read more about my previous visit to the Yiwu Night Market here.
Location marked with a red pin on the map below.