Downtown Zhangdian district is really a city of malls. I've never tried to count the malls but three new ones just opened up. So I'll get you some more pictures of the malls, if you like, but they look like shopping malls anywhere. The thing is that the old and the new lives side-by-side here -- we can go to a glitzy mall selling designer duds, or we can go to the farmer's market down the street for fruits, veggies, meat, fried chicken, pet fish, clothes, spices, snacks, housewares, key cutting....
Every five days the vendors take over West Street on each side for blocks with their wares. We can get fresh veggies and fruit for just a few yuan...
This little girl's mom is selling pet goldfish. The street food vendors set up the big umbrellas behind their stands just to cut down on the cold winds and conserve their heat. They are out all winter, selling to the students. This is a fried wrap with egg, bacon, tofu, lettuce and hot sauce. Four yuan.
Most of the food for sale is recognizable to us, but not everything is. The lady above is slicing into a big soft block of tofu.
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I blog about my research into Jane Austen and her world, plus a few other interests. Welcome! My earlier posts (prior to June 2017) are about my time as a teacher of ESL in China (just click on "China" in the menu below). More about me here.
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