Friday, October 30, 2009

A Day at Our Market, Jinchengjiang, Hechi

After a good night's rest, the adventure begins.......and we set out from Hechi City Hotel thro our favourite square and down to the river in the Jinchengjiang area where the market takes place each day is always so special to us to be able to wander each year & just experience our China.

This is "our special place"

And it was our special day "just for us"

It was great to be wandering along our road heading for the fun...........

and round the corner into our Market by the river

Ordinary people going about their daily business, selling food..... shoes

.......squeezing into quipaos

........just checking out the crazy foreigners :-)

animals everywhere....

...................didn't want to ask what these were?????There is a prize for anyone who can guess what was in this bag?
Seriously - add your guesses in the Comments below - first correct answer WILL receive a prize ;-)

Fun for the kids

Meeting with friends.....

Just strollin with friends......

An escapee running away with his wee split pants...... Eilidh looks on anxiously......

Caught by Mama...and all is well again :-)

You really don't want to know what this man is about to do?

Dog travels in style!

This is definitley an Outdoor Party!!!!!!!!!

It seems that the whole of life is encapsulated in this area - we have seen singing, dancing, playing, fighting, selling, talking.

We have never seen any other Westerners & are sure the locals recognise us each year we return. We no longer even notice the stares or the crowds that gather round every transaction we make. We have become excellent hagglers and have some excellent bargains for our girls!

Our Special Tree .... the end of our market & on the way back to our Hotel.

Then back up to the main sreet of shops where Matthew & the girls just HAD to try out the Hula Hoops

Rythmn & Style :-) What can we say?????

At the end of our long working days, the special treat for the girls was an escape to

where they bounced for ages &
caused much confusion when the Chinese children wanted to speak with them :-)
This whole area comes to life in the evening with people dancing, doing aerobics & children playing.
A wonderful place to unwind after some VERY busy days.

At the end of a long, but happy day, in pyjamas which have a "story" all of their own :-)
Next morning, off to work!!!!!!!!!


Nina said...

Beautiful photos!!! Thank you very much, really we're very happy to see them.

In the bag... Txell says than perhaps there is meal , and I think that perhaps there is a dog, and Monica Li says than there is a chicken... :-)

Linda G said...

No, sorry Nina, Txell & Monica Li - none of these are the corrct answer? Keep guessing?????

Anonymous said...

Hi Linda,
I love to read about your trip to China and we really thought about you guys the last weeks. Beautifull pictures and we can't wait to hear all the stories and see all the pictures.
In the bag, we also thought it was a dog but maybe it is a little crocedile. It has to be something we would never expect.
Ingeborg from Holland

Anonymous said...

Great photos! I'm going to guess the bag had snakes in it??


moira20 said...

Is it a lizard in the bag?
The photos were great and the girls looked as if they really were having fun.


Anonymous said...

Hi Linda
Thanks for sharing your journey. It is just lovely to see all the wonderful places from our childrens birthplace.
I look forward to all your stories and it is just lovely to see your girls looking so healthy and happy.
In the bag - chicks?
Love Jude UK

linda g said...

No snakes,Stacy, no lizards, Moira, no chicks, Jude, but are VERY close...........

Anonymous said...

Hi Linda,
I want to know what is is. Maybe an alligator then.....??? Or a Iguana but that doesn't look like a crocedille......
But do they eat it?

Tracy D. from Ohio said...

Thank you so much for the lovely photos. It really gives us a sense of what life is like there. I can't wait to hear more about your trip and adventures. Could it be a large turtle/tortoise in the bag?

Linda G said...

Ingeborg - you are a Winner :-)
It was an alligator!

Anonymous said...

Yeahhhh..... In China there are no crocedilles I think. But did they prepaire that for dinner or they have an alligator as pet?
Love Ingeborg

Aus said...

Greetings - loved the pictures - looking forward to more! Had you been in Guangzhou I would have guessed scorpions - "big ones for soup, small for salad"!

really a wonderful country - looking forward to getting back in a few weeks!

aus and co.

Chris C said...

Hi Linda,
I love the photos.
Is there as snake in the bag?