It’s hard to describe market shopping to anyone who hasn’t experienced it, but this poem by a visiting friend of a friend does a pretty darn good job capturing the vibe.
These are large indoor multi-floor markets filled with stalls manned mostly by young women selling eveything from sunglasses to shoes to tea to DVDs, jackets, hats, and on and on.. Anything that can be pirated is.
Sunny Gold is a market not too far from our house, on the way into town. It is realtively small and local compared to the big downtown markets like the Silk Market. Those places are filled with tourists and it’s really agressive. You try to pay like 20 percent of the asking price because they start so absurdly high. Sunny Gold is a little more mellow — you generally go for about 50 percent — but still rather intense, as captured here.
http://alanpaul.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/alan-imus-300x158.jpg00AlanPaulhttp://alanpaul.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/alan-imus-300x158.jpgAlanPaul2007-02-01 13:28:002007-02-01 13:28:00Ode to Chinese Market Shopping