The produce looked fantastic, worthy of Whole Foods, with a local flavor – like these bales of hot peppers and chicken – sold live, of course, for maximum freshness. Next to the animals a squad of butchers stood, cleavers at the ready, to kill and dress your purchase for about RMB 1.
Other things were definitely NOT on any American menu we’ve ever seen (yes, those are dogs -- to eat -- on the left. Who knows what the gray stuff is?!).
Our only purchase was a Naxi costume, found at a shop on one of the market lanes. This was the only place in town we found selling Naxi garb; the many Yunnan costume stores in Lijiang actually sell the costumes of the minorities who live further south, in Yunnan’s jungle regions bordering Thailand, Burma and Vietnam. Bursting with colorful embroidery and laden with silver ornamentation, the costumes of the Miao and Dai people are what most people think of when they mentally picture “Yunnan minority” clothes.
A fitting purchase, indeed!