Market day in Qingdao

Market days (大集) are every five days, on the lunar calendar’s 2s and 7s. If you’re going to 赶集, those are the best days.
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This new location for Licunji (李村集) doesn’t compare to the old one, but market day still brings out tons of people.

Winter in Qingdao means biology lessons abound

“Look, Daddy, I can see the esophagus…” This is basically like raising kids on a farm, right?
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Chinese New Year has appeared in our local markets

Chinese New Year decorations have appeared at our local traditional market:CNY_decorations_market
For more photos from this market during the build-up to Chinese New Year, see:

[Photo Gallery:] It’s Fú Time! Get ready for Chinese New Year

Pine mice (aka “squirrels”)

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Was passing through the market the other day (the pet section, not the food section, though that’s kind of a distinction without a difference) and saw these… chipmunks? Guy said they were squirrels (“pine mice” 松鼠).
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Final flaps

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A rooster flaps himself out of focus while waiting for his turn in the pot at Licun daji, Qingdao’s massive outdoor traditional market.