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Born in the UK but now living in Australia, Paul Fox has travelled to many places throughout China. He has seen the lighter side, the darker side, both the gentle and the seedy sides. He documents his experiences and is willing to share them with anyone who wants to listen. He is not afraid to say things exactly how he sees them, and is quite happy to "name and shame" when necessary.
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By Paul Fox
1357 Views | 3 Comments | 11/20/2015 10:32:48 AM

The reason for the high price of Chicken Wing Tips in China revealed. Click the picture.

I totally defy anyone who has already BEEN to China to deny that it has to be one of the most amazingly diverse countries on the planet. It may not be to everyone’s ‘taste’ but the word ‘diversity’ itself, must have been coined here.

Just across the border from Hong Kong and you are in the sprawling city of Shenzhen. With a population of around 22 million, it’s capita matches that of the whole of Australia.

The small city that I live in has a population of around 4 million which makes it a ‘quaint little village’ when compared to huge cities like Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou.

In fact, the Chinese have made up their own little word...’BeiShangGuang’ (short for Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou) as being the most populated, and most expensive cities in China.

I’ve never been to Beijing and to be honest, I have no desire to go. Too many cars, too many people, too much pollution and of course, too bloody expensive!

Shanghai is a pretty awesome city (and only a couple of hours away from my quaint little village), and as for Guangzhou..........I hate the place! (No idea why, I just do....)

In my opinion, liking or loathing these huge Chinese mega-cities cannot deter anyone from the beauty and splendour that can be found in them.

China has some of the most stunning, modern architecture I have ever seen, along with the beauty and grandeur of some of the most ancient.

China has space-age technology, mega-factories and state-of-the-art.....everything!

But coming here for a holiday or a short break is totally different to LIVING here. Living in China takes a lot of getting used to......and I mean a HELL of a lot of getting used to!

Just when you think you have ‘seen everything’. China pops out yet another surprise that just blows the imagination to bits!

A sprawling metropolis in any country can be inspiring, but for me, ‘life’ is not to be found in huge cities such as Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou - (and when I say ‘life’, I mean REAL life!) - it is to be found in ‘quaint little villages’ with just a few million people.

I borrowed some reading material from a friend of mine and I needed to return it. He works in an English Training Centre so the lazy slob never starts work until 1pm. Today is Saturday so I took the opportunity of running up to his apartment (on my dirty e-bike) this morning before he went to work.

As I approached his apartment complex I saw a large group of people standing beside a large truck that was parked at the side of the road.

They were all on MY side of the road, so I had to slow right down in order to go past safely.

To my amazement, the truck was an open-back, caged type of truck that was full of live goats!

They were crammed in pretty uncomfortably and they were all bleating loudly (or whatever noise it is that a goat makes)

As I got closer I saw a man leading one of the goats down a ‘ramp’ onto the road so I stopped to see what was happening.

Another guy flipped the goat onto the ground and held it down while the man who was leading it took out a sharp knife and slit its throat......right there on the side of the road!

At that moment I noticed what can only be described as a ‘river-of-blood’ in the gutter. Obviously many-a-goat had met its maker that morning already.

The dead carcass was then trussed-up by its 4 legs and slung over the customer’s shoulder and he was off......presumably to carry it home.

Next up was a young lady of about 30. She had a young son with her (he was a toddler).

I watched as she climbed up onto the back of the truck, child in her arms as she selected the goat she wanted.

The man scrambled to catch the goat (it seemed as though it knew what was about to happen since it did its utmost to avoid being grabbed), but grab it he did, and after throwing a rope around its neck, he forcibly pulled it down the ‘ramp-of-death’ onto the side of the road.

Once again man #2 wrestled it to the ground as man #1 took out his sharp knife and put a great big ‘smile’ through the animals throat.

Blood was everywhere yet no-one in the crowd batted an eyelid.

The toddler’s mum was quite a small lady so I was interested to see how the dead animal would be carried home.

After a few words in local-language (that I do NOT understand, by the way), man #1 went to work skinning and chopping the goat up into manageable pieces.

He lobbed something into a bucket a few feet away, and as I looked, I saw that it was a bucket of brains. Obviously he had performed this ‘surgery’ many times today and as I looked more, I could see buckets of lungs, intestines, hearts etc etc. There was no extra-charge for his butchery because the extra money would undoubtedly come from the sale of the offal to other customers.(Chinese people eat EVERYTHING!)

As the toddlers mum waited for her prized purchase, the little toddler must have decided he wanted to pee.

Down came his pants (with the help of Mum) and he pissed quite violently into the river-of-blood that was already adorning the gutter of the road.

Just then, a body on a skateboard came scooting along holding out a begging bowl. When I say a ‘body’, I am not joking. This poor woman had no legs.

Her hair was all matted and her clothes were filthy as she scooted herself along by ‘walking’ with her hands.

She seemed to care not about the river of blood and piss as she made her way into the crowd begging for a few coins...........this was nothing short of MEDIEVAL !

Charles Dickens could have written a whole NOVEL about the few minutes I stopped by.....!

It’s impossible to portray the sights, sounds and smells in words, but for those people who think they have ‘seen’ China................Think ain’t seen NOTHIN’ !

Oh, on another note, I mentioned that Chinese people eat EVERYTHING - right?

Get this............................

Before I enlighten you about something that I just CANNOT get my head around, let’s just talk about weights-and measures for a moment.

Americans are still in the Dark Ages with their miles, feet, inches and pounds, while the rest of the civilized world (China included) has embraced kilogrammes, kilometres and litres.

I too thought it was total crap when I moved to Australia 15 years ago, but once I found out that a LITRE of liquid weighs a KILOGRAMME, it all kinda made sense to me, and pounds, ounces and yards became a thing of the past.

But China has a rather unusual measurement. It’s called a JIN. One jin = 500g (half a kilo), so for those of us who have become accustomed to kilos have to double the price of everything in supermarkets etc.

So now to the topic of BONES.................Yes.....BONES!

Chinese people just LOVE meat on the bone. If they cook a whole chicken then the family fight over the legs and wings and the succulent breast is food for the cat!

Now I must admit that I DO prefer a good old chicken leg rather than the breast, but breast-meat is good, clean and healthy - right?

I LOVE roast chicken.......but for those of you who share my passion for cooking a whole bird may have their own opinion about the annoying little things right at the end of the wings. There’s no meat on them and they burn easily.

I usually cut the wing-tips off and throw them away before putting the chicken into my oven.


Let’s forget the exchange-rate for a moment. Although 1 USD is about 5RMB and a British Pound about 10RMB, it’s the NUMBERS that count for what I am about to tell you (so you can work it out for yourself in your own currency if you want to)

Prices here are in JIN (half a kilo - so about 1.1 pounds in weight)

Chicken Breasts (whole) = RMB6.80

Chicken Drumsticks = (RMB14.60)

Chicken Wings (minus the wing tip with no meat) = RMB29.90

Chicken wing tips (just skin-and-bone) = RMB43.40 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

FFS - I throw them AWAY !!!!!!!!!!!!!

I must be honest and say that I have a Chinese friend who just simply ADORES chicken wing-tips.........WHY ?

No meat, no taste, just skin-and-bone!

I’ve been in restaurants when whole PLATES-FUL have been dumped on the table as if it’s some kind of’s CRAP ! - It’s food for the DOG!

I’m going to my bed tonight with my mind full of chicken wing-tips and goats brains

Oh well...................This IS China!

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#2015-11-20 10:32:29 by JohnAbbot @JohnAbbot

Paul, you have really hit the nail on the head with your first statement:

"I totally defy anyone who has already BEEN to China to deny that it has to be one of the most amazingly diverse countries on the planet. It may not be to everyone’s ‘taste’ but the word ‘diversity’ itself, must have been coined here."

I think the reason why so many of us expats fall in love with China, and have trouble ever leaving her, is the endless surprises that wait around every corner. China may piss you off, she may frustrate you to a near breakdown, she will confuse you over an over, she may scam you and she will occasionally break your heart, but she will never, ever bore you. My guess is that has never been more true than in these current decades of astounding change.

I read with interest your encounter with the goat vendors and I have seen similar events during my time in China, but I'm sure Barry will have some things to say on that topic so I'll leave the door open for him to enter first.

Now regarding the Chicken Wing Tips, I too have wondered at the high prices Chinese will pay for different foods that we treat as inedible waste. You see it all the time, delicacies that make us gag, such as chicken heads, your favourite as I recall. Or fish heads, out of which my wife makes amazing dishes, and I mean for humans, not for cats. I've watched people fight in restaurants for who gets to enjoy the eye of the fish. The list can go on forever.

Chicken wing tips is another, and since you've gotten lazy about posting photos, I decided to go find one of chicken wing tips so people could visualize what you are talking about. In the process I think I discovered why these tips are so in favor with Chinese. If people click on the photo they'll find the page I borrowed the photo from, and thereon they will find a recipe utilizing chinese wing tips.

It turns out that you can make fantastic chicken stock out of these little guys if you have enough of them. And the chinese love to cook with good chicken stock, they use it as the base for many sauces and soups that are really astounding to eat. So that may well explain the price that is being paid for them that so astounded you.

This was a great article Paul, another look at another few of the gazillion things that help define China. I hope our members appreciate the great picture you've painted for them.

#2015-11-20 17:26:57 by paulfox1 @paulfox1

Thanks for the picture. I wasn't being lazy at all. The blog was leaning towards the slaughtering of goats in the street and I couldn't find a suitable picture to go with the blog. However, I guess chicken wing tips will do.
You are correct when you say that chicken wing-tips make great stock, but many of us are lazy or too tight to pay the exorbitant price for them, so we just buy granulated chicken bouillon instead lol.

But your point about them digresses slightly because I have seen huge bowls of steamed or braised chicken wing tips appear on many-a-table in many-a-restaurant.
My friend loves them but they are just skin and bone.
Oh, and yes sir, you have a good memory..............The image of that woman sucking the brains out of a chickens head whist billowing smoke from her nose had long since left my little brain in order to make room for the image of street-slaughtered goats. Right now I have BOTH images firmly fixed in my brain - Cheers, Pal....(finger)

#2015-11-21 11:28:22 by Barry1 @Barry1


"A sprawling metropolis in any country can be inspiring, but for me, ‘life’ is not to be found in huge cities such as Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou - (and when I say ‘life’, I mean REAL life!) - it is to be found in ‘quaint little villages’ with just a few million people."

Another very entertaining article,Paul.

I agree with your words above.

If anyone wants to see the REAL China, they need to get away from the touristy towns such as Hangzhou, Shanghai or Beijing. The further away from the big cities or tourist traps that people travel, the better. BUT the problem then arises that to properly explore such interesting areas, one needs to be accompanied by a Chinese speaking person.

As for food, I was given a me in a restaurant just a few days ago. In the middle was a whole fish that had been cooked. I ate some of its flesh and then was ceremoniously offered its head, replete with beady eyes, gills and toothy jaw. "You're joking!" I thought to myself as I quickly waved it away. But to my surprise, another person at the table quickly grabbed it and delightedly started gnawing into it, looking as if he'd just won first prize in the lottery!

As for your experience with the goats and the poor legless lady, nothing surprises me here any more. Not since I saw a pitiful beggar with no eyes in his head being guided down the middle of a subway train in Nanjing, holding out a plate and begging for money from passengers. It nearly made my stomach turn. Westerners need to be able to turn a blind eye to such appalling and distressing occurrences, otherwise they couldn't live here.

China is an extremely fascinating country, but if the truth be told, it's not everyone's cup of tea. Not everyone would be happy living here, expecially those with thin skins or delicate sensibilities.

Cheers mate. (beer)(beer)

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