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Published: July 23rd 2006
Early Morning Vendors
The day starts fairly early and mobile vendors have to be on the ball to catch the early business of the day
Despite the still wintry weather, it's time to abandon my cosy "nest" and explore my local neighborhood. Let me take you on a walk around town and share with you the everyday life of Taizhou city in the surrounding streets to where I live.
A walk around my local area is always an "occasion" as one never knows what or who might be around the corner. As the only foreign face that I have seen around town, I am always the subject of much curiosity, amusement and shy, nervous "Hellos".
I have begun Chinese lessons this week with Vivian my Chinese co-teacher as my tutor. Absolutely hilarious. I usually have a good ear for languages, but I might say that I don't think I'll be a "natural" at this. Besides, the local people speak Wu- a rather different Chinese dialect from standard Chinese that we in the West call Mandarin! A smattering of Chinese words, lots of gesticulating and always said with a big smile will hold me in good stead until I make more progress. I certainly make the locals day, whatever I say!
Let the photos speak for themselves.
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