Qingdao’s canal bed Licun Daji traditional market is epic on a normal day (see photos here). But on the last market day before Chinese New Year, it’s “here a fú, there a fú, everywhere a fú-fú” — like a ginormous red, yellow and black ant colony that some kid has just poked with a stick, all charged up and buzzing with Chinese New Year colour, food and traditions.
Have a fu.
On locals’ advice, a coworker and I squeezed around back and forth through it during xiūxi time (aka after lunch siesta), when the crowds weren’t as lethal as in the morning. We weren’t aiming to document the whole thing, just look around and chat and take pictures of whatever caught our eye, and ended up with a lots of red and religious stuff (in which Chairman Mao makes an expected strong appearance), along with the usual things that make foreigners stop and take pictures.
财神，the money god, for sale.
(Aside from one pile of pig heads, there aren’t any other photos of piles of animal parts, though it was interesting to see shoppers inspect piles of cold, shiny intestines the same way you would check over tomatoes — i.e. with your bare hands.)
Apples grown with stickers to make the sun shine “riches” 财, “respect” 恭， and “advance” 进 into the peels.
Anyway, here you go!
More photos from this market: Licunji – Qingdao’s most epic market
Chinese New Year photo galleries:
- Chinese New Year’s 2013 Dragon Dance, Chinatown, Chiang Mai, Thailand
- Qingdao’s Temple of the Empress of Heaven 天后宫, Spring Festival 2013
- Beijing’s Ditan Park Temple Fair 地坛庙会
Chinese New Year songs to learn:
- 《恭喜发财》 by 刘德华 – a translated Chinese New Year song to get you in the Spring Festival mood!
- 《恭喜恭喜》 Get in the Spring Festival mood with another Chinese New Year song!
- 《恭喜恭喜恭喜你》 – a translated song for Chinese New Year!
Lucky Panties & Fu: