Day 12: Shopping at Sha Ping
Today was pretty chill, in the morning around 9:20, we left YZR and headed to Sha Ping for some shopping. The local market was not what I expected. I pictured the stereotypical kind of market- you know, with stands for vegetables, fruits, and meat. What I saw, though, was stone carvers, plant sellers, animal transporters, Traditional Chinese Medicine herbs sellers, and 1 yuan household items sellers.
The stone that the people there were carving was marble or more commonly known here as 大理石. The carvings on them were so beautiful and detailed that I couldn't believe that they were chiseled by hand.
There were also many animals for sale. I saw mules, dogs, chickens, and cows. I was grossed out by a poster that said: Best Mule Meat You Will Ever Taste, Only Here In Xia Ping. I never knew people eat mule meat... I was saddened by seeing people cruelly drag a baby cow into a tiny tuk-tuk probably bringing it to it's death. It just pained me to see such an adorable and innocent creature being harmed and treated like that. It made me want to become vegetarian.
There were also a lot of stands selling herbs for TCM. I didn't really get any valuable information from the vendors there because they were just mostly concerned with selling as much herbs as they can to even bother responding to my simple "hello".
Anyways, Sha Ping was a pretty interesting place to go to, but I have to honestly say, I do prefer Dali OldTown though.