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Chinese Street Markets Culture
May 24, 2011 21:07
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It was reported that two international students from France set up a temporary stall to sell French pancakes at the south gate of Tongji University. Their whole belongings were a tricycle, a wooden counter, a pan, some flavoring and kitchen ware. They were popular and did very good business. But they were not familiar with the culture of Chinese street markets: ready to run anytime once the city inspectors showed up. On the first day, when the city inspectors showed up, they just did not know what happened and did nothing until someone shouted “run, escape” in English. Luckily, the inspectors did not confiscate their property and just let them stop the business. They said it was interesting and they had never experienced it in France. They would keep their small business. I think the experience of putting a stall in the street will be an unforgettable memory to those French guys.

Although it is illegal to put temporary stalls in the city streets, but these stalls never disappear and it has been a part of the city. Also, the old game of cat and mouse played by them seems to have been the typical street market culture.

The guy is cooking a French pancake

May 24, 2011 21:08
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Another pic of the two guys

May 24, 2011 22:47
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"Although it is illegal to put temporary stalls in the city streets, but these stalls never disappear and it has been a part of the city. Also, the old game of cat and mouse played by them seems to have been the typical street market culture. "

The venders and peddlers make money for a living and the Chengguan's responsibility is to keep the city in order and clean. They frequently come into conflict. Unfortunately, the venders or peddlers are the victims. If they were caught, they will be fined or lose their properties.
May 24, 2011 22:55
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[quote=AVATAR,429765
The venders and peddlers make money for a living and the Chengguan's responsibility is to keep the city in order and clean. They frequently come into conflict. Unfortunately, the venders or peddlers are the victims. If they were caught, they will be fined or lose their properties.[/quote]

So there is no 'right-and-wrong' between those venders and Chengguan.
Anyway, those two French guy are luck to experience those low-class people's lives.
May 25, 2011 20:52
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GUESTLILY They do good business because they are unique among the yellow Chinese street vendors. Another reason is that their products are unique and people are curious about it.
May 28, 2011 03:09
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Originally Posted by GUESTLILY

They do good business because they are unique among the yellow Chinese street vendors. Another reason is that their products are unique and people are curious about it.


Yeah, but when people are not curious about them after a while, their business will not be as good as now.
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