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Zay Cho Market, Mandalay

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By far the most incredible market I have ever seen - a sprawling, hectic, endless emporium of pretty much everything you could wish to buy. It gets going well before the sun comes up.

Battling with carts, bikes, traders, shoppers amongst all the colours and smells of fresh veg and spices: perfect!

Written by  Jack Davies.

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Zay Cho Market

In Burmese, Zay Cho means 'Good Price' – a great name for a market, which in Myanmar is more than just a place to conduct business, it's also a place to share information with locals and people from different areas. But Zay Cho won't let you get too far away from the business side of it – there are more than three thousand stalls in the eight market buildings which were modernised in the 90's and now ferry you between floors on escalators – not a big deal until you consider the alternative and the number of stairs you could be confronted with just to buy your weekly fruit and veg. Obviously there's space for far more than just groceries, this is one of the largest trading centres in Asia and you can buy all sorts of things from all over Asia here, Chinese jade, Thai silks and Indian spices as well as local fine arts, jewellery and handicrafts.

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