Still with our first evening in China and first impressions of Beijing.
When traveling to many countries, Canadians are warned to beware of uncooked vegetables and unpeeled fruit. The stall was tempting, and we did have a jackknife back in the hotel. But I hadn’t yet figured out the currency. In September 2013, a Yuan was worth about 20 cents. So the sign is offering fruit at about $1.00 Canadian a pound, not $100 a pound as I first thought, and which might have been a price for some fruit in Tokyo the previous year when we visited there.
I don’t think I ever saw such nice lanterns on a street again in the 21 days we were in China. The building is a typical Chinese high rise condo or apartment building of about 22 stories (we were not offered a showing of an interior as part of our tour!). The lanterns were hanging by a board fence at an intersection.
So it’s the end of our first day and already I am overwhelmed by how developed China is: high rises, corner stores, Walmart type shopping, lots of new model cars, bright lights, lots of neon. Sure, there were also many scooters and tiny shops (see my second post) but overall, except for the smog, this could be Toronto(?) On a photographic note, I tried this one in Black and White, but didn’t like it as much.