My adult class were studying the theme of "international foods" yesterday evening. When given the imaginary choice between hamburgers, pizza, sandwiches, sushi, coffee, chocolate, french fries and noodles, 5 out of the 8 of them plumped for noodles! Despite thier talk about wanting to travel the world and experience new things, most Chinese are happier with what they know - you can take the Chinese out of China, but you can't take China out of the Chinese!
Good news for them, then, as the Yunnan Government last week announced it was freezing the price of a bowl of noodles! With the ongoing drought here (hard to believe now with heavy rainfall outside as I type) having destroyed many crops, food prices have been rising. But the local government know that a more expensive bowl of noodles will get people really annoyed, so the price has been fixed until October! I celebrated with a bowl for lunch today [see photo] ...and yes, it was still 6RMB (60p)!
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