On almost every street corner there are trucks with open backs and bicycles with wagons attached that are selling fresh fruits and vegetables. Every day the vendors drive or bike with the produce to a spot that they think will be profitable. Some vendors have found great spots, so they get there super early and leave really late. I see the same vendor at the same spot from 7 in the morning to 9 at night. They are the most convenient way to get fresh fruit and vegetables, since you can stop walking, biking, or driving and quickly buy some. I often see cars pull over quickly and stop in the way to grab some fresh food from one these vendors on the street.
The bicycle vendors always interest me because sometimes there is a stove top in the trailer/wagon part. It is like a mobile restaurant.Then the vendors will stop near a school or at a busy intersection around meal times to sell people food. Schools are extremely good choices because from 12-12:30 and from 5:30-6 the students can leave school to quickly grab a bite to eat. The bicycle vendors are super convenient and they can park on the sidewalk right next to the school. After the school break is over, they will head to another busy area to sell more food. It is very convenient for them to quickly pack up and switch spots to find the most profitable spot for the day.
In addition to food, I have also seen bags, clothes, shoes, and jewelry being sold out of trucks and bicycles on the side of the road. One vendor even had tables with lights attached so that he could sell his items after nightfall.
It is very interesting to me to see these entrepreneurs in China. They literally have a bike or truck and some items to sell or a super small trailer with ways to heat up food. In America, our street vendors usually have stands. They cannot move around as easily. In China, they can just throw a blanket over the produce or shut off the generator and the cooking appliance and be on their way. Consumers in China want things to be convenient. There is nothing more convenient than being able to leave your apartment and walk less than a block to grab some fruit or vegetables. Also, if they are on their way somewhere and see something they might like to buy, they can just quickly stop and take a look.
My next post will be my last post from China. My main topic is going to be fast food. Is there anything else you find interesting that you would like me to include? I can try to take some pictures and write a little about some other things as well, since it is my last post.