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The Daily Market

September 13, 2019 — Leave a comment

Please allow me to take you on a brief tour of a daily market in eastern China. This city is not considered a large one, but it has grown extremely fast in the last few years. Even though the vendors are busy, they have always been kind, patient, and fun to be around. Would you like to meet one?

Obviously this guy is a butcher, and he said he would give us any cut of meat, just tell him what we wanted. He did, however, take time to let us know that his sausages were the best in the city. He was very good at marketing, and laughing at his obvious selling techniques. 

As you can see in the photo above, cleavers are VERY common in China. I can’t imagine going to a market and not seeing them. Additionally, the hard wood cutting blocks are frequently used by the butchers. 

From what I could see, there was absolutely no way this chicken could have gotten out of the cage, but it looks like somehow it did. It kind of looks like he is the boss looking down on his workers. Yes, at this market you can buy your chicken alive or already dressed. It is your choice! 

It is quite common for a Chinese family to go to the market each morning to get the food for the day. This way the freshest food will be served, and you get great prices at these markets compared to the big grocery stores . . . usually! Often the farmers will get up very early in the mornings and drive their products into the city. Many of the markets are only opened in the mornings.

If you have an opportunity to visit one of these daily markets, I strongly encourage you to partake. Remember, you never know what you might see! 

Happy traveling!

For some reason, I enjoy the hustle and bustle of the street market in China. The locals are looking for the freshest foods for their meals that day, so early in the morning they will go to the designated area for the vendors to set up their booths. Most of the people seem very nice, and many of them will allow me to photograph them. Would you like to know what I saw on my last visit?

Fried bread is a common dish in China, especially for breakfast, so it is popular at the morning markets. One nice lady allowed me to record her techniques for frying the bread. I have no idea how she does this without burning herself, but she seems to be quite accomplished at this! Watch for yourself and see if this is something you would do. Not many people will put their hand in a hot frying pan!

Here is another type of fried bread. It is noticeably larger than the ones I just showed you, and it would have a different flavor. Sometimes these fried breads are stuffed with a variety of fillings. What you are about to see in this video is the vendor slicing the fried bread. This fried bread was huge, and what you see represents only half of what was made in one “loaf.” I thought you might enjoy watching the bread being sliced!

Since I showed you the bread being sliced, I thought I would show you a picture of another device used for preparing/slicing food. I have seen many cleavers used in China, but I have never seen one shaped like this one, which was used for cutting meat.

My Latest Trip to a Chinese Street Market

Hopefully you have enjoyed our trip to the street market today! If you have the opportunity to visit one of these in China, I would like to highly recommend you take advantage of it. You never know what you might see!

Have you ever visited a Chinese street market?



The Show Must Go On

March 28, 2017 — Leave a comment

One of the interesting things to me about Chinese culture is how the indigenous people will go out each morning and purchase the food and other items they will need for the day. Believe me, the Chinese start earlier than we Americans do!

There are many intriguing aspects to the early morning shopping, and one of them is the morning market which appears all across China each day. The local farmers will bring their products into the city each morning, set up a stand, and sell the freshest vegetables, meat, fruits, baked goods, tofu, and fruits. Then in a flash, they all tear down their stands and the street returns to normal before the rush hour starts. So, what do you think would happen if there was snow?

The Show Must Go On - Morning Market

As you can see in the photograph above, the snow doesn’t prevent the vendors from coming to the morning market, nor does it stop the customers. I must admit, I was pretty surprised to see how all of the vendors still made it into the city, and the locals came out in the snow to do their daily shopping. I am from Atlanta, Georgia, and the amount of snow we saw this morning would have crippled the city!

Hopefully you don’t get caught in a snow storm in China! But if you do, take heart — because the morning market will be there for you!


Morning markets are extraordinarily common in China.  If it is the afternoon and you wonder where a morning market could be, I have two suggestions to help you look around and find one.  The first thing to look for would be apartment buildings. If there are people living nearby, there will be a mm1need for a market.  Also, look for an open area that has enough room for vendors to set up and room for shoppers.  As you can see in the picture, this is a wonderful location for a morning market.

It is interesting for me to “window shop” at these markets, because sometimes I find something unexpected.  You will always find meats, produce, and trinkets available, but sometimes there are a couple new products on display.  The picture below shows quail eggs for sale.  I wonder how many quails it takes to gather this many eggs.


At this same morning market, I found something that not only looks like the quail eggs, but is also a twist on something that is common.  This corn is not only colorful, but also tasty.  I have eaten it before and it has a nice flavor. 


If you have an opportunity to go to a morning market, I would suggest you take advantage of it.  You never know what you might find!

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 day.  The people are quite friendly, and you never know what you might see.

My words could never do justice to the morning markets, so I decided to show you a video of one.  Enjoy the experience, and welcome to China!

Based on how many stores located in the Beijing Silk Market selling coats, it must be a booming business. These outdoor and ski coats come in all different colors, styles, and from many manufactures. Most of the booths in the Silk Market do a fantastic job of getting an amazing amount of product into a small space.


The different colors certainly grab your attention and there are many styles coats from which to choose. They have men’s, ladies’, and children’s options for you to see.


If you don’t see something you want, just ask; they may have it. For example, you don’t see ski bibs for children displayed in the picture, but they do have them available. I have had a (North Face) ski coat and ski bib for over ten years; they are still going strong. Okay, I don’t use them often, but they have still served me well.


These shops have ski gloves, too! To prove the jackets are truly gortex, the sales team will pour water on one for you, so can see the coat repel water.

Don’t forget to ask for something if you don’t see it displayed. The sales team will do all they can to locate whatever you want!