Central Authority permits heat on Nov. 15. Till then, we’re trying. A fleece blanket, bought on the street ($5, autumnal, with text, “Leaf of flower Leaf of flower”) helps.
Since this is China, clothes are pretty easy. The ‘Zoo Market’ is opposite the animals. It’s also, in fact, a zoo: Five 7-storey buildings of factory-fresh flea market and plenty of shoving. Lacking stamina, I did one floor.
Most tops are ungapotchka: “a Yiddish word that describes the overly ornate, busy, ridiculously over-decorated, and garnished to the point of distaste.” Leopard skin and glitter trim and mettalic chain and lace and some fur balls and giant black rhinestones and a panda adorn a single sweater. I’m not so big on adornment so it took a while…… but I scored 4 long, cozy sweaters and 2 pairs of pants, about $60 for the haul.
I save for another day the quilted, padded, embroidered, patterned, fur-lined story of Northern China’s incredibly elaborate long underwear. And the omnipresence of the panda applique.