JingTai ShangYe BuXingJie
JingTai ShangYe BuXingJie
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Douglas M
By Douglas M
A Glimpse of Real Everyday China
4.0 of 5 bubblesAug 2018
When I saw TA describe this as a ‘Nearby site & Landmark’ I was intrigued. To me, SWMBO and I don’t live in an interesting part of GuangZhou then it dawned on me, remove the accents from Ping Yin and ‘ShangYe’ means business and BuXing means walking while ‘Jie’ is street. SWMBO and I live a few minutes walk from the JingTai area. We go there at least a couple of times every week for shopping, banking, and to catch various buses. So, on subsequent trips there I looked at the street signs. I found JingTai East Street, JingTai West Street, JingTai North Street and even JingTai Straight Street but not JingTai Middle Street. Not surprizing as there aren’t many street name signs! I suppose the locals know where everything is and not many foreigners venture into the maze of streets and alleys. The easiest way to get to the area is to get a bus. Many buses including the 186 and 284, both of which stop at the YueXiu Park, terminate their journey’s in JinTai Straight Street (JinTai Zhi Jie), also the 497 from FeiXiang Park metro station also terminates here. JinTai Straight Street is the main street and well worth a stroll along, plenty of clothes shops, cake shops, snack bars and there’s even a McDonald’s and a Walmart on the same side as the bus stop. Tucked away in an alley across the road is a branch of the ICBC bank. However, if you use a foreign card it’s best to walk to the end of the road, past the American influences, turn right, walk past the China Construction Bank and head for the Bank of China where there are cash machines outside which always work. Between Walmart and McD’s is an arch and an paved area which is the start of the shopping area. On the left is a reasonable Korean hotel with a not-bad Japanese restaurant on the second floor. There are at least two more sushi eateries, and even a stall next to BaiYun Market the selling the raw fish for the d.i.y sushi brigade, this is where SWMBO buys fresh salmon fillet which is more-or-less the only fish I eat. SWMBO cooks it just right with a delicious sauce served with countryside white rice and a salad. Expensive but nice. Walk down this street, it’s nearly a pedestrian street but there’s a few who’ll take an hour inching their SUV through the throng which would only take a few minutes to walk, and you’ll come to the market. This is the real thing. There must be thousands of these in China and it’s where you can experience ‘real’ China. In the BaiYun market, you’ll be amazed at the variety and quantities of fruit and vegetables. You may well be a bit put-off by the various meats laid out for inspection and a bit perturbed to see live fish knocked on the head before being skinned and filleted for a customer. The loud squawks of chickens as they’re chosen for an imminent dispatch isn’t exactly music to one’s ears. ‘Fresh is best’ is the maxim in the market. Around the market you’ll find stalls selling all of life’s essentials and non-essentials. You name it, and somebody will be selling it. At the end of this pedestrian street is SongBai East Street and this marks the eastern boundary of JingTai. On the JingTai side there’s a few nice restaurants on this street, recommended are SoGood (difficult to find) for DimSum at one end and Hakka Rice (east to find) for a bally-busting meal at the other end. They’re not TA places, but you need a Chinese speaker with you in JingTai, don’t expect any English! Just wander around JingTai, you won’t see TA sites or landmarks or TA restaurants (just remembered, Shi WeiXian above the HanTing hotel between the China construction bank and China bank) but you’ll experience real China. If you see an old English chap looking for street signs, with a lovely Chinese lady carry shopping bags, feel free to say ‘Hi’.

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Aug 2018 • Couples
When I saw TA describe this as a ‘Nearby site & Landmark’ I was intrigued. To me, SWMBO and I don’t live in an interesting part of GuangZhou then it dawned on me, remove the accents from Ping Yin and ‘ShangYe’ means business and BuXing means walking while ‘Jie’ is street.

SWMBO and I live a few minutes walk from the JingTai area. We go there at least a couple of times every week for shopping, banking, and to catch various buses. So, on subsequent trips there I looked at the street signs. I found JingTai East Street, JingTai West Street, JingTai North Street and even JingTai Straight Street but not JingTai Middle Street. Not surprizing as there aren’t many street name signs! I suppose the locals know where everything is and not many foreigners venture into the maze of streets and alleys.

The easiest way to get to the area is to get a bus. Many buses including the 186 and 284, both of which stop at the YueXiu Park, terminate their journey’s in JinTai Straight Street (JinTai Zhi Jie), also the 497 from FeiXiang Park metro station also terminates here. JinTai Straight Street is the main street and well worth a stroll along, plenty of clothes shops, cake shops, snack bars and there’s even a McDonald’s and a Walmart on the same side as the bus stop. Tucked away in an alley across the road is a branch of the ICBC bank. However, if you use a foreign card it’s best to walk to the end of the road, past the American influences, turn right, walk past the China Construction Bank and head for the Bank of China where there are cash machines outside which always work.

Between Walmart and McD’s is an arch and an paved area which is the start of the shopping area. On the left is a reasonable Korean hotel with a not-bad Japanese restaurant on the second floor. There are at least two more sushi eateries, and even a stall next to BaiYun Market the selling the raw fish for the d.i.y sushi brigade, this is where SWMBO buys fresh salmon fillet which is more-or-less the only fish I eat. SWMBO cooks it just right with a delicious sauce served with countryside white rice and a salad. Expensive but nice.

Walk down this street, it’s nearly a pedestrian street but there’s a few who’ll take an hour inching their SUV through the throng which would only take a few minutes to walk, and you’ll come to the market.

This is the real thing. There must be thousands of these in China and it’s where you can experience ‘real’ China. In the BaiYun market, you’ll be amazed at the variety and quantities of fruit and vegetables. You may well be a bit put-off by the various meats laid out for inspection and a bit perturbed to see live fish knocked on the head before being skinned and filleted for a customer. The loud squawks of chickens as they’re chosen for an imminent dispatch isn’t exactly music to one’s ears. ‘Fresh is best’ is the maxim in the market.

Around the market you’ll find stalls selling all of life’s essentials and non-essentials. You name it, and somebody will be selling it.

At the end of this pedestrian street is SongBai East Street and this marks the eastern boundary of JingTai. On the JingTai side there’s a few nice restaurants on this street, recommended are SoGood (difficult to find) for DimSum at one end and Hakka Rice (east to find) for a bally-busting meal at the other end. They’re not TA places, but you need a Chinese speaker with you in JingTai, don’t expect any English!

Just wander around JingTai, you won’t see TA sites or landmarks or TA restaurants (just remembered, Shi WeiXian above the HanTing hotel between the China construction bank and China bank) but you’ll experience real China.

If you see an old English chap looking for street signs, with a lovely Chinese lady carry shopping bags, feel free to say ‘Hi’.
Written August 10, 2018
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