visuals | 2 August 2013

Dordoi Bazaar: A labyrinth of shipping containers in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

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These are images from Dordoi Bazaar in the outskirts of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Built with tens of thousands of double-stacked shipping containers – the lower ones serving as shops and upper ones as storage rooms – Dordoi is one of Asia’s largest markets. It is organised in sections according to the origin or type of goods, with the pricier merchandise coming from Turkey, South Korea or Europe. However, the vast majority of goods is “made in China” and shipped by truck across the Tian Shan range to Kyrgyzstan, following one of the ancient trade routes known collectively as the Silk Road. While, like the erstwhile Silk Road entrepôts, the bazaar continues to serve as a major hub for the reexport of Chinese merchandise, silk has given way to electronics, shoes and clothes adorned with the labels of familiar global brands: (…)