China is filled with wonderful fruit markets, stands, and cart vendors. The fruit sold at these places is almost always tastier and fresher than that of supermarkets, and it's always much cheaper so it's definitely something to take advantage of during your time in China. Doing anything in a new country can be really confusing at first, but this blog with arm you with the knowledge you need to make buying fruit as simple as possible.
Weights, Measurements, and Pricing
Fruit in China is sold in a measurement called a jin (pronounced jeen) which is labeled by the Chinese character 斤. A jin is equal to 500 grams or half a kilogram in metric value or about 1.1 American pounds. And as you already may or may not know Chinese money is called Yuan or Renminbi and labeled by the Chinese character 元. Larger fruits are often sold by 1斤 for a certain amount of 元, and smaller fruit is often sold by a few 斤 for a certain amount of 元. So you now know everything you need to know to comprehend the fruit markets of China and buy fruit on your own. Can you understand this sign for the fresh fruit?
Fruit Markets and Fruit Stands
The most convenient way to buy all the fruit you need is at the numerous fruit markets scattered throughout neighborhoods and street markets all over China. Each individual fruit will be labeled in price by weight and plastic bags are readily available to carry what you buy. You can fill a bag with fruit you personally select, but if you are still confused or unsure of yourself tell the attendant you want a specific quantity of fruit in weight or fruit in price and they are usually happy to help.
Fruit carts in China are great and in my opinion the best way to buy fruit. They have the cheapest prices and often the best quality. Most fruit carts only have one or a few kinds of fruit that is usually seasonal and frequently changing. Their fruit is often locally sourced from farms around the city you are in. Fruit carts can be found anywhere including markets, street corners, in front of residential areas, or other areas people often walk. Keep in mind they can be very sporadic, one day here and gone or relocated the next so if you want something just get it!