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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:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/why-fruits-and-veggies-are-so-c...




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