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One thing that's not mentioned is that the freshness and variety of produce available in China is fantastic. There's much less refrigeration and transportation, so there's a good chance the produce you buy at the local street market came from nearby fields very recently. Seeing this as a visitor from the US is quite a revelation.

That's especially true for seafood.

Chinese love seafood and fish, they consume quite a bit of it as hinted by the article. But they usually also want to buy it alive.

Therefore in supermarkets and even restaurants you usually have tanks with live fish, crabs, etc. As fresh food as can be.

Regarding vegetables, the north is actually not that north by European standards and is sunny in winter (Beijing is at the same latitude as Ibiza...). This means that in places like Beijing they can have solar greenhouses that can produce fresh, local vegetables all year long even when it's freezing outside (winters are much colder than in Europe).

See for example: https://www.lowtechmagazine.com/2015/12/reinventing-the-gree...

It's mentioned in the section where the author discusses the wide use of greenhouses to grow produce.

Which places did you visit, and observed this?

I bet it's characteristic for large cities where the amount of produce consumed is large, and prices are higher.

Beijing, Xi'an, Chengdu, and a handful of villages nearby them. Also some roadside farmer stalls in between. I'm sure the quality and variety vary, but the sample I saw was impressive.

The government offers subsidy to the farmers to ensure base supplies such as rice to be kept low priced. Usually the farmers in China cannot complete with the farmers in the US in terms of cost, coz the local prices are not determined by free market but by the gov. I see this as a benefit of big government (but bad for the local farmers)

> and prices are higher.

If it's anything like Chinatown produce in the U.S., it will be quite cheap:


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