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This post was edited by 468259058 at 2012-12-2 14:49|
In my hometown, a fair (maket) is held in the 3rd, 8th, 13th, 18th, 23th, and 28th day, of every month (in Chinese calenda). Farmers living miles away would gather in the main street of our village. Farmers would sell grain, eggs, cocks, while vendors would sell clothes, fishes, meat, fruits, vegetable, small stuff.
In my childhood, we lived just 2 houses next to the market street. Once my grandpa had gone there for buying apple. After 1 hours, he came back with some bad apples. It cost 5 "Jiao" (0.5 yuan, or US 0.08 dollar). My grandparents always bought the cheapest one.
In our city - Jinan, many old guys used to buy the cheapest vegetable too. They would take 1-hour bus to some area for buying cheapest vegetbale for saving only 1 yuan (or US 0.16 dollar).
In my childhood, we wouldn't go to hospital for saving money unitl the pain went serious. My mom did that too. My mom didn't go to hospital until she could bear the pain any more. It was the terminal cancer already when she went to hospital at last.
That was the lifestyle of Chinese old generation.