Chengdu People II

May 03, 2010

More from Chengdu. 20 large images.

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This was my first day in Chengdu, near the People’s Park. The little girl is digging live scorpions out of the bowl with chopsticks.

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The Prince of WuHou.

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This couple runs the shao kao stand that was next to the hotel I stayed in when I arrived. One night I tried to ask the woman if the man was her husband but instead of “fu” I wrote “tian,” which though the characters are similar means “heaven.”

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Wet market near YongLing Garden in JinNiu district.

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There are more children than you’d expect with eyepatches.

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This was a big fight on the sidewalk. The guy in the green parka actually punched the guy turning away in the black parka. A lot of yelling.

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Uyghur guys selling the nut-slab candy. Inexplicable gang signs. I felt terrible because the guy in blue asked me (entirely by gesture) to send the photo to him on his phone and I showed him my cheapo cellphone that does not take pictures. He wrote his info in my notebook in Arabic. I wrote my email address, but he didn’t have email. Some very modern and foreign kind of culture clash of technology.

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One of the many examples, along with trash pickers and children selling things to tourists, of why the phrase “China is developing” is so complex.