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china/2006/beijing_market

Buddha images for sale, Pānjiāyuán, Běijīng, China — June 16, 2006


china/2006/beijing_antique_market_old_man

Selling bags, Pānjiāyuán, Běijīng, China — June 16, 2006


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Lanterns 4 $ale, Pānjiāyuán, Běijīng, China — June 16, 2006


china/2006/beijing_hutong_market

Alley market in Qiánmén hútòng 前门胡同, Běijīng, China — July 3, 2006


china/2006/beijing_antique_market_buddhas

Wooden Buddha images, Pānjiāyuán, Běijīng, China — June 16, 2006


china/2006/beijing_pet_cricket

Selling crickets, Hòuhǎi, Běijīng, China — June 19, 2006

I tried to buy this cute cricket as a pet. I wasn’t too sure what to feed him, but the seller assured me that he would provide all the necessities to keep this critter alive. I was about to hand over the cash when Luke interjected and said if I bought this cricket he’d kick me out of his place. Luke had generously leased his 3rd bedroom to me for the summer; rather than risk that arrangement, I decided to pass on the adorable cricket. This photo is now the only memory left.


china/2006/beijing_alley_store_lady

Selling cigarettes and drinks, Qiánmén Dàjiē, Běijīng, China — June 22, 2006


china/2006/beijing_fruit_market

Hútòng fruit market, Dàzhàlán Jiē 大栅栏街, Běijīng, China — June 22, 2006


china/2006/beijing_hutong_signage

Ads, Qiánmén hútòng 前门胡同 advertising, Běijīng, China — July 5, 2006


china/2006/beijing_alley_store_lady

Chinese vices: cigarettes and baijiu, Qiánmén Dàjiē, Běijīng, China — June 22, 2006


china/2006/beijing_dongzhimen_abacus

The ancient abacus, Dōngzhímén 东直门, Běijīng, China — June 28, 2006


china/2006/beijing_chuanr_cooking

Yáng ròu chuànr 羊肉串 vendor, Dàzhàlán Jiē, Běijīng, China — June 22, 2006


china/2006/beijing_hutong_veggie_market

Vegetable market, Qiánmén hútòng 前门胡同, Běijīng, China — July 3, 2006


china/2006/beijing_bike_bricks

Pushing bricks, Běijīng, China — July 2006


china/2006/beijing_selling_mellons

The melon hawker, Běijīng, China — July 2, 2006


china/2006/beijing_parching_menu

Xinjiang Fandian menu, Dàzhàlán Jiē, Běijīng, China — June 22, 2006

Not to poke fun, because I could not even get a restaurant up and running, no less print menus in a foreign language, but this was quite an entertaining menu, especially the parching barking meat, 炒烤肉 chǎo kǎoròu, which in this case is stir-fried mutton with spices. We did end up eating here, by the way, in in typical Xinjiang culinary fashion, the food was tasty and good, especially the 大盘鸡 da pan ji, or famous big plate chicken. Other dishes of interest include the 手抓肉, shǒu zhuā ròu, grasping mutton, which is a Kazakh dish of chopped lamb with bones that is hand-dipped into a savory soup. Another popular dish was the braised sheep scorpion, which on the menu was creatively referred to as stewing sheep vertebral coloemn, 羊蝎子 yáng xiēzi. The dish is more commonly named braised sheep scorpion because the shape is somewhat like a scorpion; it is enjoyed in the winter. If only I had Google translate combined with Baidu image search in 2004. As everyone has access now, I am sure the curious days of menus like this are long gone.


china/2006/beijing_michelin_sign

Tires and condos 4 $ale in Běijīng, China — July 2006


china/2006/beijing_flower_store

Selling flowers, Qiánmén hútòng 前门胡同, Běijīng, China — July 3, 2006


china/2006/beijing_baskets

Roof tiles for sale, Qiánmén hútòng 前门胡同, Běijīng, China — July 3, 2006


china/2006/beijing_lion_sign

Good luck lion in front of a restaurant, Běijīng, China — June 16, 2006


china/2006/beijing_lady_selling_flowers

Selling flowers in front of my house, Dōngzhímén 东直门, Běijīng, China — June 15, 2006


china/2006/beijing_antique_market_man_selling

Proud stall owner, Pānjiāyuán Flea Market 潘家园, Běijīng, China — June 16, 2006


china/2006/beijing_antique_market_anna_sophie_deciding

Anna Sophie deciding on a tea pot, Pānjiāyuán Flea Market 潘家园, Běijīng, China — June 16, 2006


china/2006/beijing_antique_market_boy_umbrella

Boy at the market, Pānjiāyuán Flea Market 潘家园, Běijīng, China — June 16, 2006


china/2006/beijing_ing

ING in Běijīng, China — June 17, 2006


china/2006/beijing_alley_child

Selling vegetables in the Qiánmén hútòng 前门胡同, Běijīng, China — June 15, 2006


china/2006/tomb_umbrellas

Umbrellas, Pānjiāyuán Flea Market 潘家园, Běijīng, China — June 17, 2006


china/2006/beijing_dongzhimen_girl

Girl shopping for flowers, Běijīng, China — July 2006


china/2006/beijing_flower_store_vert

Selling flowers, Qiánmén hútòng 前门胡同, Běijīng, China — July 3, 2006


china/2006/beijing_antique_market_lanterns

Lanterns, Pānjiāyuán Flea Market 潘家园, Běijīng, China — June 16, 2006


china/2006/beijing_anique_market

Antiques, Pānjiāyuán Flea Market 潘家园, Běijīng, China — June 16, 2006


china/2006/beijing_antique_market_anna_sophie_deciding_2

Bargaining at the Pānjiāyuán Flea Market 潘家园, Běijīng, China — June 16, 2006


china/2006/beijing_dimsum_bw

Famous dim sum restaurant, Běijīng, China — June 17, 2006

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