In April 15th while the rest of the tour were climbing up a pagoda our group visited the central market in Fengdu; was honored to actually visit an actual Chinese farmer's home and to actually visit with him and had an impromptu visit to another crafts market on the way back to the ship.. The special side trip was arranged by our Tour Operator, Pacific Delight, while the other tour was arranged by the cruise boat for the other 82 guests.
First our tour of the central market. These is where ordinary Chinese shop for dinner.
We saw many versions of three wheeled vehicles.
Century egg or pidan also known as preserved egg, hundred-year egg, thousand-year egg, thousand-year-old egg, and millennium egg, is a Chinese cuisine ingredient made by preserving duck, chicken or quail eggs in a mixture of clay, ash, salt, quicklime, and rice hulls for several weeks to several months, depending on the method of processing.
Through the process, the yolk becomes a dark green to grey color, with a creamy consistency and an odor of sulphur and ammonia, while the white becomes a dark brown, translucent jelly with little flavour. The transforming agent in the century egg is its alkaline material, which gradually raises the pH of the egg to around 9 - 12, or more during the curing process. This chemical process breaks down some of the complex, flavorless proteins and fats, which produces a variety of smaller flavorful compounds.
We saw many men engaged in card games allover China. And
yes, there was money on the table!
Okay, what is going on here? Just before I took the photo the guy in the blue jacket was up to his elbows in the other guys mouth.
Yep, street side dentistry. Note the "tools".
Let me make a comment here about China's medical treatment policy. Every individual is responsible for paying for their own medical treatment including hospitalization. Many have medical insurance. If not, they or their family must pay. No money and no insurance? As our guide told me, you simply die! There is no socialized medicine in China even though it is a Communist State.
We saw many. many, women with children but I do not recall seeing one pregnant woman on the street.