One of the great things about living in China is that there are markets everywhere and depending on whether you need vegetables, fish, plants, plates or puppies, you can be sure there is a market for it.
Markets are a great place to get in contact with the locals who are usually happy to pose for a picture as well. These guys were trying hard to look busy…
Most towns and cities have wet markets where they sell vegetables, meat, fish, spices, condiments and many unfamiliar looking dried foods. The fish is often still alive and swimming around in tanks or bowls. You can’t get it any fresher than that. Suzhou has a few large wet markets and many smaller ones in local neighborhoods.
Some outdoor markets sell anything from fresh noodles to leather shoes. They often have street food stalls selling pancakes, dumplings and other yummy things. It is a nice place to stroll around and soak up the atmosphere.
Then there is the kitchen market where restaurateurs buy their crockery and supplies, it’s a great place to buy utensils for Chinese cooking and before our China time is up, I will be back there to buy a proper wok burner (it’s like a camping gas stove on steroids).
As a child I went to the local market with my mother every week to buy cheese, peanuts and licorice. Now I visit markets and get amazed by the amount of edible things I never even knew existed!