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China: By Journalists Eyes VIII: The Jump To The Chinese Market 2.

Published: 7.7.2012
Visit of Beijing food market and edibles of all kinds, shapes, smells, often of unknown origin and a long life even more dangerously we were really stunned for a moment and quietly wandering Chinese traders staring at the blonde, which move at a rate of marathon runners. Phew. We are off and miraculously in front of us pleasantly familiar signs shucks "Starbucks Coffee".

I am a lover of authenticity, but now gladly welcome the Western culture and order a coffee, which can´t surprised me by anything other than its constant taste. Our self-appointed guide is a bit taken aback, and obviously would like to continue to recommend bargains. We will do our best but the sweetest smile, thanks to all helpers and doggedly sitting behind coffee a table looking with face, which should show that we will be there a long time. He understands that time means money, and with waving and disappearing in the maze of market streets.

Siesta and coffee refreshed us and we keep going on a coloured maze on our own. We passed the shops and stalls with various goods of traditional Chinese medicine - stopping the mountains between true and false saffron, dried tubers, rhizomes, bones and teeth, animal horns, antlers, paws, hair and skin. Wrinkled grandma is forcing us slyly completely stand "means" to increase male potency. (A comprehensive understanding of gestures whose meaning is clear). I am a little disappointed, that in a country with a policy of one child a store can succeed and actually work at all.

I want something to remember, look out small gifts, but the cat's paws or dried bull's balls really won´t take home. A few more gigs we find ourselves among the shops that seemed to be the spitting image of Prague's Holešovice market - so T-shirts, sweatshirts, knives, backpacks and all sorts of trinkets. The difference is that here clearly dominated by Mao brand! I want real Chinese original, so if any, and buy a set of lighters with a picture of a great leader.

With a more detailed tour of the goods we marvel too tricky Chinese counterfeiters. Just flip the letter M upside down and from Omega is Owega. Vests, handbags, and jewelry brand Pearlboy pink bunny motif with us also recall something important. Then I recall how last night I ordered Heineken and on the table landed a bottle of with logo of discreet typos - Heimeken.

I avidly seeking in clutter range of other "tweaks", but my colleague is quite noticeably begins to squirm. I understand. Have a couple of hours we're out, we drank three glasses of coffee and the body calls for its use. The hotel long journey, be gone before we find any public toilets. Resolve the issue to the "toilet??" And succeeding at the third attempt - crocheted hats friendly saleswoman shows us the direction. Frome the gestures we understand that it is not far.

Queue before the concrete booth shops indicates that we are on target. You wait patiently, women and men are separated our great relief. When you open the right door, two Chinese women come out and we were served. Surprise, gazing at the long concrete trough, over which several women sit side by side, talking casually, the two read a magazine, all the squatting, skirts or trousers at the knees. The last in line is then able to watch all the runoff.

The conversation continues no matter what stage of the exercise is a necessary one. We watch with horror a colleague to another, Chinese women have apparently not noticing us, the atmosphere around us as the hairdressers, just the smell of shampoo is missing. Us to be gone before you join, then squats with bated breath a long time ago, I close my eyes, I try to be quick so we can disappear in a second. As soon as I stand and get dressed, you hear a rumbling sound, ladies squatting scream, laughing and a bit shy in advance - comes out the chute flow of water, some ready to wipe up with paper soaked feet, no other process or do not want to see and disappear into the air.

Another confrontation with other manners around us have only strengthened and then when we see in the passage of one of the alleys baby with carefully edged hole in the pants to learn hunkers down on the pavement and use it as a potty, start laughing and I doubled as a mother really appreciate this "zonadefronteriza".

Text/photo: Andrea Fantová



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