Here's the "Clean the Convenience Kitchen Thing" which I bought because it reminds me of the popular internet meme, "Clean All the Things!"
To the right, "High calcium milk powder for the middle-aged and the elderly."I think we'd phrase that differently in the West. It's a good product, though.
The Leisure Biscuit section of the grocery store. You'd be surprised at the variety of Chinese crackers and snacks. Huge amounts of store space is given over to potato chips, rice chips, crackers, puffed wheat bars, and so on. Potato chip flavors include tomato, cucumber, steak, fried chicken, and curry. One thing they don't have is corn chips as we know them.
There is an endless assortment of bland, slightly sweet baked or fried munchies in various shapes and sizes. One thing I avoid is room temperature meat. Like vacu-sealed hot dogs and sausages and hamburgers and even chicken. Actually I avoid all of the snacks (most of the time -- there's an oat cracker I like). For more on this topic, try Austin Guidry's podcast series, "Eat All the Things," where he, an intrepid ESL lecturer, tries various Chinese snack foods on-camera.
The walls along construction sites are decorated with posters like this, extolling the property, but are also covered with government posters. I'll do a post about them soon.
Near the campus there is a new-looking high-end condominium development. There are false storefronts along the fronts of the buildings, giving the place a Potemkin village feeling. Perhaps actual retail will move into these spots, I don't know. But we feel a little odd when we ride our bikes through here.
And of course you'll recognize the internationally renowned wine club and chair store in downtown Zibo.