The Sky Train was jam-packed this morning:
It was a long ride on a very crowded train, but a nice young lady offered me her seat. Either I'm looking kind of old these days, or she has very good manners. I prefer to think she has good manners!
We got off the subway and walked down one of the main streets. I'd thought we'd spend our day poking in the little stores and shops, but I was surprised to find that they weren't too interesting. But the street vendors and narrow alley markets were another story, very interesting and a lot of fun!
There were many tea sellers, all doing a brisk business. I wish I knew a little more about tea, I'm sure there were some delicious ones.
Several different kinds of buns and desserts:
We found an alley that looked particularly lively, and turned in. We soon found ourselves in the middle of a crazy, crowded bustling Chinese open air market. Wall to wall people, with scooters, tuk tuks and even trucks driving through the throngs of people. It was a mad house!
By now we were feeling a bit claustrophobic, so we turned into an even smaller alley that looked a little calmer:
Just one of the many shops selling only buttons, hundreds of different kinds:
We walked along for a few blocks, and came to my very favorite area--the funeral market. I'd read about this section of Chinatown, but really had no idea what it was all about.
There were a few shops selling coffins. Some, like these white coffins, were highly decorated, and had Christian crosses:
Others were very plain, traditional Chinese style coffins:
Don't forget dentures, denture powder, toothbrush, toothpaste and tongue scraper. Good oral hygiene is very important! I sure wish I'd bought this set:
Rows and rows of root veggies--look at the size of this ginger:
Basket after big basket of peppers:
A pick up truck, piled high with bunches of long stemmed roses:
And those same kind of roses, less than $2.00 for a bunch of at least 2 dozen!