When people think of China these days, they think of goods. Exports, great shopping deals, and knock-off designer accessories.
But back in 1991, the Chinese economy was just beginning to come out of the cold. And the market in this photo was about as good as shopping got back then.
The highlight of that New Year’s Day entailed picking out choice fruit with Ms. Li, the woman in the pink jacket (the sister-in-law of my friends, the Chens) and my host for a few days a couple hours outside Nanjing.
An obstetrician by day, Li cooked up a storm at night and on the weekends.
I can still muster up the strong metallic scent of chicken blood after she slaughtered a rooster in the kitchen.
Behind the fruit stall, kids and adults engaged in new year games, like popping balloons by shooting those realistic-looking rifles.
A safe, healthy, and prosperous new year to all!