Photos by MJ Klein
On our recent trip to China, we had some time to kill, so we decided to go shopping in the local town of Hegang and check out the products available locally.
A typical street scene in Hegang….
These 2 women work at the factory we visited. They are checking out a type of wool long undergarment worn during the long winter. Remember, Hegang is very far north (further north than the famous Harbin) and it gets quite cold there.
This entire floor of the department store was dedicated to selling leather jackets. I couldn’t find a single jacket that was large enough to fit me, though.
Just outside was a thriving street market. We decided to take a walk through the market.
That’s Hui-chen in the white jacket.
I was a bit surprised to see so many nut products for sale here.
In addition to that, were were fresh spices on display.
Members of our group are checking out the nuts. We got a bit of an education from the boss lady who explained many things about them that we didn’t know.
The peanut colored nuts in the blue bowls are pine nuts.
Next to the nuts were these tasty foods,
including deep fried chicken heads….
These guys were checking me out and were quite openly vocal about it. So I told them I was going to “blog them” but I don’t think they understood what I meant.
These don’t look quite as good as they do in Taiwan, but nice and bright red just the same.
Continuing on our way down the market….
These are wheat cakes. We didn’t try them but they sure looked good.
The guy at this stand was making some kind of a large scallion pancake.
He added a couple of eggs….
and spread them all around….
until they covered most of the pancake.
Then he flipped it over. I know it looks like he’s folding it in this photo but the next photo will show it turned over.
It looked pretty good but I just wasn’t in the mood to try it.
Other deep-fried fare on sale.
As we walked through the market I couldn’t help notice just how dirty it was – filthy, actually. I didn’t take any photos of those places though. I’ve never seen anything quite so dirty like that in Taiwan markets.
Wontons. One of my all-time favorites.
I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t eat here.
I think this is a permanent day market by the looks of some things here.
After exiting the market area, we took a turn down a side street,
and spotted a line of these “tuk-tuk” like taxi vehicles.
Next, we decided to check out the B.U.T Supermarket.
This supermarket looked pretty much like any other supermarket we’ve visited in various countries.
We decided to put our newfound knowledge of nuts to good work here.
Some people in our group wanted to bring some of the nut products back to Taiwan.
Notice the blue bag. In order to prevent theft, all the women had to lock up their pocketbooks in these blue bags. Only the staff had the keys to open them. So, when it came time to pay for our purchases, out came the blue bags and the keys.
Back on the street:
This couple came up to me in the department store. They tried to speak English but when they heard me respond in Chinese they were very surprised. They asked me to photograph them, so I did. Now, they’re stars!
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