Oct. 9, 2014
Northern Inner Mongolia Trip, Part VI
Here are a few photos I took in the Mazhouli market. Do they give you a sense of daily life in Inner Mongolia? Do you see any similarities to your hometown?
Manzhouli is a small city, near the tripartite border between Mongolia, Russia and China.
Nearby are the vast grasslands of the Eurasian steppe.
In the city, there is a bustling market.
Some motorcycle owners sell their wares directly from their vehicles.
Others try to force their vehicles through the large crowd.
Even this far north, oranges are aplenty.
And there are a wide variety of vegetables.
You can even buy live animals, like chickens...
And of course there are plenty of dead animals for sale.
One man sells chestnuts.
Nearby, another man sells walnuts.
But in the fall, the biggest item at the market is cabbage.
Piles of cabbage.
Sometimes the leaves are sold individually.
But usually the heads are kept whole and laid out to dry.
It's cold this time of year. Scarves and winter coats are coming out.
But as long as the goods get sold...
...and the money comes in, everybody's happy.