Shopping Carts

One thing I love about china are the armies of small business men and women who make their living peddling their wares from the back of their bicycles, Zi xing che xiao fan - literal translation is small bike peddler.  

Customer envy. Panasonic GF1 40mm 1.7 - notice the squarer format of the Micro 4/3 sensor.

Customer envy. Panasonic GF1 40mm 1.7 - notice the squarer format of the Micro 4/3 sensor.

You see them first thing in the morning biking to their pitches and setting up for the day. They are not licensed, they don't have official pitches, they are just enterprising people trying to make their way in life. 

Drive Thru. M9 50mm Summilux

Drive Thru. M9 50mm Summilux

M9 50mm Summilux

M9 50mm Summilux

They sell pretty much anything from the back of the bikes - DVD's , crockery, goldfish, wicker chairs , household items and plants and flowers to name a few.

 

The plants and flowers are very cheap in China...but don't expect them to last long! 

 

 

 

 

 

What would you like? M9 35mm Summarit

What would you like? M9 35mm Summarit

My nuts are cold. M9 28mm Summicron

My nuts are cold. M9 28mm Summicron

The produce sold off the carts is mostly seasonal and comes direct from farms and wholesale markets, which kind of implies that it is somewhat healthy. This maybe the case but last year we had the curious phenomenon of exploding watermelons after farmers we applying forchiorfenuron, a growth accelerator, to their crops. 

Do we buy it? Occasionally yes ..we just make sure we wash it first before we use it...twice!  

Tesco. M9 28mm Summicron

Tesco. M9 28mm Summicron