As the oldest market in Lhasa, Chongsaikang Market is a place to experience the real life of local people when you are travelling in Tibet. This small commodity market sells agri-products, local products, daily used articles, household electronic appliances, garments and shoes.
Different ethnic groups do business together at the market, despite the facts that different ethnic groups have different ways of life style. You can buy dried fruits from Uyghur salesmen, get a haircut in a Han barber shop, or eat a bowl of bean jelly in Hui shops. You can find everything here. With the Tibetan New Year almost here, it's even more popular than usual.
The history of Chongsaikang dates back as early as 1727. It was the minister's office of the Qing Dynasty's government in Tibet. For 300 years, Chongsaikang has been a shopping center. Now, it has more than 3-thousand merchants trading thousands of commodities.