My stay in China was very brief just 6 days but 6am every morning I was up (jet lag) and walking the streets. This was my favourite place for breakfast, the street food is amazing and cheap, clearly many people eat on the street rather than at home. The bamboo steamers are full of steamed bread/dumpling type things, each layer has different ones with different fillings but having only a few words of Chinese I just pointed and got what I was given. The fillings varied from chopped cabbage with lovely seasoning to sausage-meat. I can still taste the dumplings in my memory they were simply heavenly and cost 10 p each, two was a good belly full.
more street food , I never found out what was in the big jars but they were kept hot with food inside.
there were lots of these little street kitchen buggies some running off charcoal most off LPG. The LPG deliveries come by scooter and a scooter carries 6 bottles at speed.Here are a few scooter pics, no helmets, always loaded up, sometimes with 3 or 4 people aboard
no helmet and on the phone through busy town traffic, the death toll on the roads must be high.
Market, see the guy in the back he is the butcher
Then there were the street markets where folk clearly walk or bus in from the countryside with two baskets of produce sell them and head home. I remember stories of my great grandma doing exactly this with her butter in Cumbria. Later on I would see the little veg plots everywhere by the side of the road
I love wandering back alleys like this and I felt totally safe. Apparently whilst pickpocketing is not unknown physical attack is very rare. You see lone children, women and old folk walking on their own late at night and early morning.
One morning I was out early enough to see the butcher starting work, a whole carcass dismembered on the street. I guess there is no need for refrigeration if it is butchered, sold and cooked in a short space of time.
A rainy morning so the newspaper people were sorting their stick in the open all night autobank.
most of the jobs that we use machines for they use people. There is as far as I could gather no unemployment. People sweep the streets overnight with besom brooms.
most folk in the city live in these 1960′s style tower blocks, on the outskirts of Guiyang a whole new city of high tech modern tower blocks is shooting up. I have never seen so much building in one place.