It is very interesting to go shopping for food in a Chinese market: food is a central aspect of Chinese society and culture:
You build friendship, strengthen family links, build network and businesses around a good meal. Food is always a good present. Different food have different meanings. Eating the correct food can keep you healthy. Revolts have been triggered from hunger in Chinese history. Recent food scandals...
In a Chinese market, you will see the abundance of food and many unusual ingredients. You notice that there are many living animals. Chinese people like fresh food. You can hear bargaining and shouts like in many markets.