I stocked up on toilet paper earlier. KFC does have it's uses.
America’s most famous fried chicken chain’s food might not be great but they have an unending supply of bog tissue. A rarity in China.
Those that know me know that I tend to avoid American chains while travelling.
I don’t mind the likes of McDonalds, Starbucks etc but only in their rightful place, i.e. the United States. I object to paying double when there is a far better local product on the same street.
Hence climbing the Great Wall, admiring the amazing views and peaks I was a bit irritated to bump into a branch of Subway
It’s become unfortunately common. Exploring the Ethnic cultures park, a collection of 56 museums and village scenes from each of China’s minorities, turning a corner near a group of brightly painted Buddhist flags in the Tibet area was a pair of familiar Arches.
Most of the big chains appear to be represented here. McDonalds, Burger King, Subway etc with KFC seeming to be by far the most ubiquitous.
The clash between America and China becomes painfully obvious occasionally despite the half hearted attempt at what the capitalists fondly believe is "local food" (Pizza Hut offers an appetiser of “New Orleans Gristle”)
Adorning my tray containing the -probably impossible to pronounce in Mandarin- Spicy Chicken Fillet Burger is a sheet of paper with helpful illustrations showing farmers and happy smiling poultry. Unlike Americans it’s hard to imagine the average young Chinese male getting all warm hearted over the Disney grin spread all over it’s suspiciously healthy looking beak.
I originally wrote 'Every Han for Himself' for the now closed Travelpod site. In January 2014 I was lucky enough to able to tick off a long held bucket list ambition by visiting both Beijing and the Harbin Ice Festival.
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