Market day is the highlight of the week in Shaxi valley when everybody comes in the old town to stock up on produce and exchange gossip. Rows of traditionally dressed Bai matriarchs squeeze together along the kerbside to offer homegrown a wide range of local fruit and vegetables. Many minorities come making it one of the most colorful and photogenic market days in Yunnan. To the left of the main street is the meat market, where you can find freshly made goats, cheese, cowbells, and craftsman made horse tackle. In the wet market, on the right-hand side, visitors can find a whole range of unusual local fruit and veg, from skirret and lotus bulbs to quince and custard apples. Traveling vendors fill the main street, hawking everything from farm tools to fruit trees. Look out for wig makers. They buy hair by the kilo (cut and weighed in situ). There are pavement dentists, and itinerant Han Chinese cheapjacks trying desperately to flog the latest in labor-saving devices. Up beyond the minibusses, do not forget to check out the livestock market where piglets, nanny goats, and even water buffalo are all available for inspection and purchase.