What would life be like without Walmart? Loving Walmart's low prices, in our home we have a saying, "If Walmart doesn't have it, we don't need it." Some people are snooty about shopping at Walmart, and others object to shopping there because of some of their corporate practices or because so many things they now sell are made in other countries. We will not discuss all that in this post, please, but we'll focus rather on some interesting things available at Walmart in China.
Earlier this week my wife forwarded an e-mail to me that she had received from her office mate and that served as the basis for this post. It had pictures of Chinese Walmart products that are either unusual or that most Americans would not even think about finding at Walmart.
It's not surprising that the Walmarts in China would have a large selection of chopsticks.
Bulk rice is available. (Actually, we saw the same thing in other supermarkets in China. We never got to shop at Walmart over there during either of our summers.)
I'm not quite sure why the purchase of corn oil would include a bottle of orange drink.
The beverage choices in Asia boggle the mind. Here are some at Chinese Walmarts.
I can't imagine the nightmare of trying to keep the shelves stocked with that bacteria beverage!
Going to the meat department has to be an unforgettable experience. Here are some mixed parts you can pick through to choose what to buy.
I'm trying to figure out what "hot and spicy beef granules" wrapped like candy could be. Would they be sweetmeats?
Another packaged meat is BBQ flavored shredded squid.
The Chinese must love ribs. Not quite sure, though, the source of those ribs....
Duck is a popular meat there, not just in Beijing.
They also sell flavored duck parts.
Ever had pig's heart?
Here's quite a variety of dried sausages.
When we were in China, we sometimes referred to the meat at some of the meals as "mystery meat" since it was not always easy to determine what kind it was. (Our policy was that it was often best not to know.) Here's a display of one kind of mystery meat.
I asked a Chinese friend at my university to read the words in the sign above and tell me what the meat was. He said it was some sort of sausage, perhaps mouse sausage. He said that one of the Chinese words sounds like the word for mouse (read: rat), that there's a picture of a mouse, and that 2008 was the year of the mouse. Mystery solved? I hope not!
Let's move (flee?!) into another section of the meat department — the reptile department. Here's crocodile, complete with an orange garnish.
I wonder how they train their frogs not to jump out of the container. When we had an aquarium we had several suicidal frogs jump out of it, even with a cover over it.
Here are some other wet reptiles.
And an assortment of dried reptiles.
Walking back through the meat department on our way to the check-out area, we see a display we missed on our first pass through — pig faces.
One really weird item in the e-mail was "anti-bacteral" men's bikini underwear. For the sake of my readers, I chose not to post that picture.
Have any of you ever shopped at a Chinese Walmart? (Or a Walmart in any other country?) Please share some of your findings and experiences.
"We cannot adjust the Gospel because it is not ours to adjust." - J.D. Crowley
If Walmart is lowering prices every day, how come nothing in the store is free yet?
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