Sunday, September 5, 2010
From residential calm to consumer chaos to buy boring-but-essential household stuff. Carrefour, called Jia Le Fu here (literally 'Family Happy Fortune') are big in China: over 150 stores. Tesco, eat your heart out. Loaded up the trolley with mop, detergents, bog rolls, ironing board, clothes horse, while negotiating packed aisles and screaming salesmen. The highlight was buying a great bicycle for 30 quid which I promptly tested by cycling down the aisles, and then home, leaving Liz and the girls to the whims of a taxi.