If you’ve never been to a Chinese Walmart, you need to. They are nothing like American ones. I can’t assume that no American Walmart sells these things but none of the Walmarts I’ve ever been to in the USA sold chicken feet, seaweed, or eels. In fact, I don’t even really think of Walmart as a food place, but here in China, it’s got everything. We go every so often to stock up on food for our apartment because the Expo Village’s food is so expensive and I thought it was worth bringing the camera along one time. Only once you get to the 2nd floor, do you find the usual Walmart goods. And to get to the 2nd floor, you ride one of those moving sidewalks like in airports but it’s on an angle so you can bring your shopping cart up with you. Quite nifty. Oh Walmart, always an adventure.
Another common outing of mine is the Noodle Place. Of course, there are places like this all over Shanghai, even all over the small area right by the Expo Village, but we found this one place and liked it so much we go there almost every single night. Rather than eat at the Expo Village restaurants with their jacked-up prices, we walk out of the compound into the cheap areas beyond. And do I mean cheap. In the Expo Village, a dish ranges from 45 to 85 kuai. (The exchange rate is about 1 US dollar to 7 Chinese yuan) Still cheap if you think like an American, but for any Chinese person, that’s quite absurd. So we go to the noodle place, get a huge bowl of freshly made noodles and how much does it cost? 8 to 10 kuai. Oh, and I use “kuai” and “yuan” interchangeable because they both refer to Chinese currency. So I am basically getting a delicious noodle feast for little more than a dollar.