A Visit to the Morning Markets

All across China each day there are an untold number of morning markets in each small neighborhood.  The vendors come into a common area, set up their booths, and sell their goods.  These markets give people an opportunity to get fresh vegetables, fruit, and meat each...

Delicious Ham!

During a recent trip to Shanghai, I encountered something interesting at a restaurant. I was told that this restaurant was famous for having delicious ham, but we couldn’t have any, because we didn’t order any in advance. When we entered the restaurant, there at the...

Pineapple Art

In a previous post, I mentioned how street vendors in China can carve a pineapple to look like a beautiful sculpture, and then insert a strong stick in it and sell it for a beautiful treat to eat. Well, during a recent trip to China, I learned some secrets to that...

Fruits and Vegetables

It is interesting to me how few overweight people I see in China. Is it because the Chinese walk more that Americans or because they do Tai Chi? Perhaps it is because of their diets? I am sure that has lot to do with it. China has an amazing number of green houses, so...

Corn: Staple of the World

Corn must be one of the more consistent staples around the world. I have spent most of my time in China in the eastern third of the country. I have seen corn growing almost everywhere. The farmers of China have always impressed me with their use of their land. In many...