Chinese Market
Our last and final stop would be a Chinese market near the border crossing. If you've viewed the pictures of Hong Kong you will already be acquainted with Chinese markets. However, we found this one to be even more interesting. It's always interesting to walk through markets in foreign countries and view the different goods that are available for sale that we don't see at home. In China it's even more remarkable because they will each virtually anything you can think of. You've heard that they eat dog. You've seen the pictures of the snakes for sale. In this market we even found a live cat caged and for sale. The poor thing was really a mangy looking animal and definitely not friendly at all. I guess he was raised that way purposely being viewed not as a pet but a food source.

Enjoy some other pictures from the market.

Dried beans, nuts and seeds of all types for sale

Live chickens and ducks for sale

Dried rats for sale in the market

Again we find our self amazed by the variety available in a Chinese market. If you could think of some really off-the-wall thing, or something exotic, well, you'd probably find it in a Chinese market.

The picture (left) was taken inside the market as we strolled through. It shows rats that have been dried and are hanging from the corner of the vendor's stall along with pressed ducks and other dried meats. Certainly not something that would catch or fancy, but I imagine there is a market for them to be found this way.

The markets are only one source of amazement. When we were in Hong Kong we stopped at a Chinese drugstore. Not only was there an array of modern-day medicines and remedies, there were shelves and shelves of traditional Chinese herbs and medicines. Among them ground antelope antlers and numerous other things. Hundreds and hundreds of things that could be mixed with your morning tea for one reason or another.

When and if you ever get to China make sure you visit some of the markets and drugstores. They're amazing!

Leaving the market we took one last look at the favored mode of transportation in China ... bicycles. It's also interesting to note that in Hong Kong they drive like the English, on the wrong side of the road, but in China they drive like us, on the right side of the road!

Next we're off to the magical and ancient Kingdom of Siam, better known today and Thailand. Join us there on the next page for a visit to the Bangkok and its fabulous weekend market ...
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