The Market

The Market

The Market

The Market

Recently I visited a Chinese market. Everyday vendors bring goods on their bicycles and trucks to sell to people on the street. The market consisted of outdoor vendors who put their goods on tables and blankets as well as indoor vendors who have stores to sell their goods in. The indoor part of the market had 5 or 6 floors that all were filled with different stores. Vendors were selling everything from food to Chinese New Year decorations. Everywhere I looked there were many different things being sold. 

 

The way the vendors interact with customers is quite different from America. A lot of vendors will attempt to sell you something by following you down the street and yelling to you about their product even if you say that you do not want to buy it. The vendors at the market were very aggresive in trying to get you to buy their products, but it seemed to work. Many people were walking by the quiet vendors and buying similar items at the aggressive vendors.  

 

Also, there are no prices on things in a market. The customer must ask what the price is and haggle if the price seems too high. Sadly, if you look foreign, the vendor will immediately make the price super high knowing that you do not know if the price is fair or not. I didn't have this problem at the market because I was with my host family who knew what prices were fair. 

 

Overall, the Chinese market was similar to flea market but the customer interactions are quite different. 

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Comments (33)

  1. klfocht

    Great first post. I will share this link with the class and ask them to post questions.

    February 02, 2016
  2. klfocht

    A teacher I met said to ask you about the trains. She said there are people who are paid to push everyone into the train because they are so crowded. Have you seen this?

    February 02, 2016
    1. aspencadmus

      I have only been on a train that had assigned seats, so I have not seen this. I can believe it though because any type of transportation is extremely crowded due to the sheer number of people that are all trying to get places at the same time.

      February 02, 2016
  3. jeremywferg

    How does the fast food industry differ in China from America?

    February 03, 2016
    1. aspencadmus

      Fast food in China is all of the same American brands of fast food, but they pretend that they are healthier than their American counterparts. For example, at KFC they serve the fried chicken on a wheat roll with fresh lettuce. It is not just fried chicken. Also, fast food places have to take into account that Chinese people might not normally eat this food. For example, Pizza Hut does not allow you to pick your own toppings because the whole idea of pizza is new.

      February 04, 2016
      1. jeremywferg

        Is the quality of the food any better?

        February 18, 2016
        1. aspencadmus

          The quality of fast food is much better in China. The food is fresher because Chinese people do not store food for long periods of time. They go to the grocery store 4 or 5 times a week. Restaurants work in a similar fashion. They sell food so quickly that they need to get more food often, making the food really fresh.

          February 19, 2016
          1. jeremywferg

            So overall the fast food industry is much better? What restaurant is your favorite?

            March 09, 2016
            1. aspencadmus

              Overall the fast food industry is much more diverse in what it serves and it serves a much better quality of food. The expectation is that American things will be better, so the fast food industry needs to be better in order to succeed. My favorite is Pizza Hut because pizza is one of my favorite foods.

              March 10, 2016
  4. tylerbrossman

    Do you find that people interact similar or differently in China?

    February 03, 2016
    1. aspencadmus

      For the most part people act very similarly in China and in the US. People interact with friends and family in very similar ways.

      February 04, 2016
  5. 2018bisjohg
    I have heard of many fake foods being sold in markets and they end up being sold cheaper.(Imitation eggs, walnuts stuffed with cement.) Has your host family ever encountered this when purchasing goods?

    February 03, 2016
    1. aspencadmus

      My host family only buys food from a supermarket. They believe the food in the market to be not as good. I would not be surprised to find out that fake food was being sold because there was so much of each type of food in the market. Also, there was tons of prepackaged candy that you couldn’t see inside the wrapper. It is very possible that these things were fake, but since my host family does not buy food at the market, they have never found fake food.

      February 04, 2016
  6. tarafinah

    Hey Aspen hope you’re having a great time! What are the different types of food they have?

    February 03, 2016
    1. aspencadmus

      So far I have eaten many dishes that are noodle or rice based. Every dish is fried in a stir fry fashion, even the vegetables. Fruit is also served after every meal. Usually my host family serves bananas, apples, oranges, or kiwi. They also have yogurt in juice box form that is eaten after dinner. A usual meal consists of rice or noodles, meat, and a couple of vegetable dishes.

      February 04, 2016
  7. zachtrayer

    For an in class project, my friends and I are working on the Chinese New Year. What was this new year like in China and what was the proper behavior of the people living in China during this time?

    February 17, 2016
  8. aspencadmus

    The new year in China is a 20 day celebration that is filled with family, friends, and food. The proper behavior for Chinese people during the new year is to visit their family on the first three days and then visit friends the other days. Usually these visits include a meal. There are also specific foods to eat on New Year’s Day of the family wants to have abundance in the new year. These foods include dumplings, fish, and New Years cake.

    February 17, 2016
  9. 2019vazjosg

    Hey aspen just wondering how your stay was in China so far, also has there been a difference in making friends and communicating through greetings or is everybody just busy and doesn’t pay attention that much?

    February 25, 2016
    1. aspencadmus

      My stay has been amazing so far! There is a slight difference I have seen in making friends while interacting with the other students at school.
      I have noticed that some students lack social skills needed to realize when their actions are stalkerish. They don’t understand that normally people do not tell people they just met that they know personal things about them like where they live, what classes they are in, or where they were born, even if the student heard it from a friend. It comes across as very weird.
      Other than these few students, communicating through greetings and making friends is very similar to how we make friends and communicate in the US. You say hello to the people you know. You hand out and befriend the people who have similar interests and activities as you. All pretty normal stuff.

      February 29, 2016
  10. willkoper

    I know many Chinese companies have taken American products and remade them. For example some companies have copied the oreo cookie from America. If you have had the chance to try any of these, which did you think is better? The chinese version or the American version? And why?

    February 25, 2016
    1. aspencadmus

      I actually have tried the fake Oreos and the Oreos made by the American company. I have to say that I still like the American Oreos better, but I am also more familiar with them and they taste normal. The fake Oreos had a slightly different taste to fit the tastes of Chinese people.
      I have seen many fake products in China. There is even a phone company that sells phones that are extremely similar to Apple’s iphone. The only difference is that there is not an apple on the back and I am sure it runs slightly differently. The backgrounds and app pictures are exactly the same as Apple. Of course, Apple is still in business in China because some people want a phone that is really American, not just pretending to be American.

      February 29, 2016
    2. aspencadmus

      I actually have tried the fake Oreos and the Oreos made by the American company. I have to say that I still like the American Oreos better, but I am also more familiar with them and they taste normal. The fake Oreos had a slightly different taste to fit the tastes of Chinese people.
      I have seen many fake products in China. There is even a phone company that sells phones that are extremely similar to Apple’s iphone. The only difference is that there is not an apple on the back and I am sure it runs slightly differently. The backgrounds and app pictures are exactly the same as Apple. Of course, Apple is still in business in China because some people want a phone that is really American, not just pretending to be American.

      February 29, 2016
  11. samchisholm

    whats the strangest food you have seen/ eaten

    March 09, 2016
    1. aspencadmus

      I pretty much have been eating everyday food, which is not extremely strange, but the strangest food I have eaten would have to chicken neck. It is kind of tough, but actually tastes pretty good. The other Wilson student here with me went to Beijing and saw fried worms being sold on the street. I would have to say that is the strangest food I have heard of even though I didn’t see it.

      March 10, 2016
  12. brett

    How do the Chinese people’s personality differ from those in America? For example are they nicer, do they like to talk more? In America people say that people in the south are nice and people in the north are more uptight. Is that true in China as well, or is everyone generally the same? Brett Stewart.

    March 09, 2016
    1. aspencadmus

      Personality wise, Chinese people are extremely friendly towards foreigners. Random people will stop on the street to ask what country I am from and where I am going to school. I am often asked if I am a teacher. Foreigners are exciting to Chinese people because it is very rare for a Chinese person to meet a foreigner unless their job requires them to work with foreigners.

      I have not met a lot of people from other parts of China, but I imagine they are still extremely friendly towards foreigners. The Chinese as a culture are also very loud. Restaurants, stores, and everywhere else are always very loud with many people shouting excitedly.

      As for the differences in the personalities, Chinese high school students as a whole are very diverse. There are some students who on the first meeting will run up to me and declare that we will become great friends. At the same time, there are many students that are too shy to talk to me unless I or a friend initiates a conversation.

      March 10, 2016
  13. benc34

    I had a very similar experience in Jamaica with the vendors at the market. Most of them were very aggressive and were constantly trying to get me to buy something even if I said no. I think I did pretty well with haggling but as you said, sometimes it was hard to know if I got a good deal. How did you do with haggling the price? and was it hard to communicate with the vendors considering they spoke a different language?

    March 09, 2016
    1. aspencadmus

      I have studied Chinese for 5 years, so I have enough language skills to haggle and communicate with the vendors. I can ask how much an item costs and say that I want and/or do not want to buy it. As for haggling, I still never know if it is a good deal or not. I also very quickly learned how to tell the store owner that I just wanted to look around. Usually the aggressive vendors will leave you alone if you tell them you are not interested in their product or say that you are going to leave. Or you can go to a different vendor in the market that is selling the same thing but is not as aggressive.

      March 10, 2016
  14. 2016inngae

    What kind of education do the students need to be able to get into the business field in china ?

    March 15, 2016
    1. aspencadmus

      High school education in China is set up in a way that the students choose between the arts or the sciences. The sciences include harder math courses, harder science courses, Chinese, and English. The arts include Chinese, English, politics, history, easier math, and easier science courses. A student from either of these “majors” can go to college to study business. To get into a good college, the students must do extremely well on a national college entrance exam that every high school senior takes. From college, the students who studied business at a good college will get the best jobs in the business field. The ones who studied business at a mediocre school get mediocre jobs in business and so on. A company is looking for a college graduate with at least a bachelors who went to a good college.

      March 20, 2016
  15. zachtrayer

    We are working on a project in class dealing with social media advertising, and as a group we are wondering ¨On Chinese social media, is there advertising on social media¨

    March 22, 2016
    1. aspencadmus

      There is not advertising on the social media sites I have seen. Most people only use social media to chat with people or to create group chats. Therefore, the parts of social media similar to Twitter or Facebook are not often used. Therefore, social media does not have a convenient place to put ads.

      March 24, 2016