What always amazes me about China is that anything (literally anything) can be sold on the streets. And this can happen anywhere and in the most random of places. On this particular day it was on a random small bridge near the Bund and in the middle of the side walk (not the most visible or convenient of places). That’s fine, because again, anything can be sold on the street in China.

But what I always find most fascinating is that people love to congregate around the seller and just watch. And watch. And watch… People stay and watch for hours (hands behind their back, squatting down on the floor, very relaxed). And watch. They watch so much that if you go up to the vendor and try to negotiate, everyone will start bargaining with you for them. Everyone becomes the seller. (Who gets the commission?)

Long story short; selling and bargaining is in their blood, and they are damn good at it. Especially the women.



  1. 1 Hal Goldberg October 9, 2011 at 9:02 pm

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