I figure I should post a few pictures today of my walk to Carrefour, the French Walmart, which is located about a ten minute walk from my apartment along a small street. It gives you a good idea of how my small neighborhood storefronts quickly turn into the construction and high rises prevalent in the New Business District where I live.
Here is just a representative view along the small street that links me to the New Business District, 北京商务中心区. Most shops were closed after their morning business hours and wouldn't open again untill about AM10:30 to get ready for lunchtime.
Here is a private school that is on the way, enlarge the the English words on the side of the building. If it’s blurred it is says “Rule of School: Great Knowledge Absorbed Doing”. Most translations are rather inaccurate.
Here is where the small shops open up into the New Business District, 北京商务中心区, which is filled with banks, high rise apartments and various corporate centers.
This is actually the front of the galleria, the facade is covered with unprotected construction scaffolding that lazily swayed in the light breeze, which seemed to only be noticed by me. Inside is Carrefour and a myriad of shops set up in a four story galleria setting.
Alas, mission accomplished. A wok (镬), food and success. Stir fried pork, cooked till crispy, with a fabulous bread that is lightly sweetened.
I'm actually surprised by how good most of the bread is here, which allows me to avoid rice which I never really cared for. There are also lots of fruit markets and Korean/Chinese markets lining the streets which sell a panoply of meats, fish and other daily staples. The market stand fruit is good, mostly bananas, melons and citrus, while the small food stores have products with in-store labels that worry me for now because most of it was, well, odd looking. Many of the stores have big, like big screen big, cardboard boxes of loose eggs sitting unrefrigerated, and for eggs that seems to be the norm around here. I don't know, for now at least in China, refrigeration and perishable foods are inextricable.
That's all for now. 這是所有現在