Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Wal-Mart in China Photos

Last year, I posted several of the best photos that I took at a Walmart in Xi'an. The photos were from right after the first Walmart opened in the fall of 2007. Being from middle-America (Wal-Mart Country), I wanted to share what a Chinese Wal-Mart experience is like.

My friend, Timo, recently sent me a link of someone else's Wal-Mart in China photos. They're way better than mine.

Here are some of my favorites:

All sixteen photos from this site can be seen here.

These are some pretty wild photos. The Wal-Marts in Xi'an didn't have crocodiles, turtles, or pig faces. Or at least I don't remember seeing them. My guess is that this Wal-Mart is in southern China.

The Wal-Mart website says that it has 180 stores in over 90 cities. Wal-Mart is obviously doing pretty well in China. They're very clean and the quality of the things in the store is relatively high. They're something of an upscale market.

I'm a little embarrased to admit it, but I really enjoyed shopping at Wal-Mart in Xi'an. I was able to get things like Doritos, grapefruit, and several other western items that I missed. Since being back in the US, Qian and I have only been to Wal-Mart a couple times. We don't enjoy American ones nearly as much.


Ramesh said...

Pretty much every super market here (in Guangzhou) is like this. Imagine my plight - a vegetarian having to wade through all this to pick up milk and bread !!!

Mark said...

That's what I figured, Ramesh. The North/South divide is strong. The difference in cuisine between Xi'an and Dongguan is huge.

I admire you being a vegetarian in China. I think it's a tough place to be one. Chinese food pretty much across the board is very meaty.

I had friends who were vegetarians in Xi'an. Sometimes it seemed like Chinese people thought something was wrong with them.

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Arummmanis said...

wow!!! reptiles? I didn't see them when I was in Beijing in 2002. thank God. It would be creepy.