Day Market

We started with breakfast at the Sheraton. It was okay. After that, we walked back to the temple grounds that I photographed the night before. Instead of a stage with many people watching opera, it was fully transformed into a market. On the way in, we passed by a truck which looks to have been setup as a portable bakery. We also passed by fish and other live seafood for sale. And, what we think was perhaps the source of the smell from the night before… fresh duck. As in, live in quacking one second, and throat slit, belly gutted, and ready for the pot the next (didn’t quite see if the service involved plucking the feathers… I really like the contrast between the red plastic flowers on the woman’s flip flops and what is occurring in front of her).

Inside the courtyard were fruits, vegetables, and many kinds of meats. And, of course, people praying at the temple.

Also included in this set are some photos I took of the scenery architecture (the tall gold building is our hotel). The guy in the billboard is an NBA player (no, I don’t know who he is). The NBA seems to be very popular in China. Many of the folks at the gym back in Beijing were surprised when I said I didn’t watch basketball.

We ate dinner at the Hong Restaurant we’d dined at the night before, and then took a taxi to the beach. We passed on the chance to ride horses around a small corral… just didn’t match the pictures of foreigners romping around Inner Mongolia (or some such locale) plastered on the outside of the area. Now, if they’d let us just take off, well…

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