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.
About the author:
I'm a writer and a teacher of English as a Second Language. Other passions and pursuits include choral singing, and following current events. "Laowai" means foreigner.
TINYFCC: This is not your father's Communist China
YDCTHTCAETTBELH: You don't come all the way to China and expect things to be exactly like home.
Ground rules: No snarking and sniping behind people's backs. Golden Rule applies. Except for:
Pleasant Goat: unsettling, creepy, Chinese cartoon character.