The Candy Shop
I was able to meet a lot of people during last week’s 24 hour photowalk. This old fella’ was easily one of my favorites. Mr. Wang owns a candy shop in the mall off Fie ‘e Lu. He was understandably in good spirits when we met. New Year’s Day and Valentine’s Day both fell on the 14th this year and he was breaking sales records.
The Candy Man – Can
He couldn’t understand why I, or anyone else for that matter, would be even remotely interested in him. His employees egged him on and he quickly warmed up to the idea of talking to me. So much so I didn’t really find out very much about Mr. Wang. He was too busy peppering us with questions about me. He told me he loves America, asked why I didn’t have blue eyes, wanted to know why I was in China, if I was rich and why I was so fat. As an aside, none of those question are really considered rude here. He was shocked when I told him I lived less than a mile from his store. It wasn’t easy getting a clear shot, his mouth rarely stopped moving!
“Why is he so fat?”
I did learn Wang’s a retired factory worker and he’s owned this shop for the 12 years since leaving the factory. As is typical, there was no rhyme nor reason as to what the old man stocked in his shop. In addition to the candy, he sold liquor and a huge selection of wine. I wondered aloud what flavor of rock candy goes well with a Cabernet. After getting the translation, without missing a beat Wang suggested the grape candy. I couldn’t tell for sure, but he may have been serious. The temperature was around 40F, not so good for most reds I’m thinking. In a few months many of these same bottles will be exposed to temps in the 90’s. Yeah, it’s tough to get a decent bottle of wine in Liuzhou.
Wine & Candy
Lao Wang wouldn’t let us leave without giving us 2 huge bags of candy. With an old soul and a sweet spirit about him, he’s one of those guys you meet you just know he’s “good people”. I’m sure I’ll visit again.
China Digital Times is featuring a slideshow of my Spring Festival photographs today. Kinda’ cool. Check it out here if you like. I’m still working on the website and blog re-design. When we launch the new sites, I’ll be giving away some limited edition, signed and numbered prints as well as a copy of my latest book, “Saving Face – A Portrait Collection”. More details coming as we get closer. Thanks for making your way here… until next time… Peace!