Changchun: 10 Images

Happy Ridin' The Street Food Gourmets Street Food Menu Meat on a stick (S)

1. A child dancing around a supermarket parking lot, overjoyed to be deemed worthy of photography.

2. I think I ruined all the fun of that ride for the kid. (Sorry, kid!)

3. The ZUCC gang never shies away from street food.

4. Have a closer look at that menu. Yes, that’s right: 5 sticks of meat for 1 RMB! What’s that, you say? You’re hungry for bull testicles too? Will that be large (10 RMB), or small (5 RMB)? If you’re low on funds, we recommend the bull penis itself (1 RMB).

5. Oh, so that’s why the meat on a stick is so cheap… it’s tiny!

6. Baijiu prices at 东方饺子王 (the number with the degree sign next to it is the percentage of alcohol).

7. This car has seen better days.

8. Where’d the gang go?

9. Four dead fish, their origin a mystery.

10. The Chinese love them some watermelon.

Baijiu, anyone? Shell Biker Gang Four Dead Fish Melons, Melon, Melons (of water)

The connection problems I reported having with Flickr a while back are all but gone now. Flickr is still not as fast as it was when the server was still in Canada, but at least it actually works without a proxy now.

Related: Wedding in Changchun


John Pasden

John is a Shanghai-based linguist and entrepreneur, founder of AllSet Learning.


  1. Da Xiangchang Says: August 25, 2005 at 10:06 am

    I’m quite impressed with this latest batch of photos, especially of the dancing kid. May I ask what kind of camera you used to take those photos, John? I have a crappy 4-megapixel Minolta–far inferior to the Canons my friends have–but I take pretty decent pics with it so I think I have a good eye for what works and doesn’t work in photos.

  2. Nice haircuts Greg and Alf…(snicker)

  3. Was the meat on authentic bicycle spokes?

  4. DXC,

    Thanks. My camera is still that same one I had when you lived in China… a Fuji Finepix 4700. I think it’s only 3 megapixels. It was a graduation present from my parents given to me in 2000.

  5. Da Xiangchang Says: August 26, 2005 at 9:40 am


    Interesting. Did you shoot the kid on auto or was it manual cuz obviously the shutter speed was a bit slow cuz the kid’s limbs are blurred. Just curious. I always keep my camera on auto so only at night are moving things blurred.

  6. DXC,

    It was on auto. The shot was taken at dusk, so light levels were getting low. I tweaked the photo in Photoshop so it looks brighter than it really was.

  7. The Chinese love them some watermelon…
    Is this supposed to be racist? I’ve heard a lot of people from the US south use that exact phrase with another ethnic group..

  8. Hmmm, there’s a topic: am I racist??

    And: what did I mean by that “the Chinese love them some watermelon” comment??

    The world may never know!

  9. Uh I love watermelon too, should I be offended?

  10. I’m currently living in Changchun and thought the photos were great I especially like the kid(of course), the fish, and the watermelons, what were you doing in changchun(maybe you’ve said someplace else and I just wasn’t looking).

    P.S. I’ve got a FinePix too (S7000)

  11. Oh, i miss that mouth is watering, man.

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