The exchange market starts at the beginning of March and July in the lunar month. These are part of important festivals in the Lijiang area. During this festival, which lasts for 15 days, it is the best time to exchange livestock, and buying many goods for local people to use.
During this festival, people(Naxi, Bai,Yi, Lisu, Tibet ) from all around Lijiang area take livestock, many herbs and other products come to market to exchange. Also the Han from all around China bring clothes and tools for local people to buy. The market is full of many goods and lots of people. Sometimes big celebrations take place, including dancing and singing.