Xicang Market locates at the north side of Miaohoujie Street at northwest corner of Xian City Wall. It is the best known market of flowers, birds, fishes, and insects. The market’s history can be dated back to the Ming and the Qing Dynasties and it is the most bustling on Thursdays and Sundays. Though it is difficult to find some taste of elegant ancient street, the market bears Xian people’s life style throughout the hundreds of years.
Every Thursday and Sunday before it is light street traders will come here to start laying their goods. The bird’s lovers from all parts of the city will get together to chat and share bird feeding experience.
Walking along the lane and make 2-3 turns you will find some elder people having bird cages in their hands. No need to ask anything and please just follow them you will get to the famous Xicang Market. You will find the two sides of the roads are full of various birds, bird’s cages, and bird’s fodder.
Besides the birds and bird related goods the market has lots of street stands that sell plants, fishes, pet turtle and rabbit, curio, and old books. The empiric and fortune tellers may also go there to take their chance.
In memory of old Xian people, as long the Xiancang Market opens, the market will be full of birds, rabbits, pigeons, dogs, fishes, etc.
When you get close to the market, the sings if birds and grasshoppers may also become the signal leading you to the market. Jiaochangmen Street, Laowu Lane, and the four main streets of Xicang Market are all laid with various street stands. Ou will find people here are enjoying their bargaining, window shopping, and leisurely walking. The markets shows another side of Xian people’s life. The bustling market keeps bustling from dawn till 18:00pm. And till it gets dark the street traders will start pack up their stall.