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Which area do you wanna study in China? South or North?
By Stella on 2017-09-05



Recently, a topic is hot on internet, the grocery shopping habit of Southern Chinese and Northern Chinese.


Grocery shopping habit reveals the cultural difference of the regional difference, sparks discussion


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Northen way of food shopping vs Southern way of food shopping


Thanks to the vast territory and huge population of China, diverse living habits with geographical features have been an ever-lasting topic among Chinese. Unsurprisingly, netizens went wild again as they recently discovered another striking difference between the country's northerners and southerners: the way they shop for food.


According to netizens from southern China, they usually buy what they need for just one or two meals. "It is quite normal for us to buy one or half of a Chinese cabbage at a time," said a netizen.


However, one is very likely to be scorned if he does this in the north. "We love to stock up on groceries. Buying 25 kilograms of Chinese cabbage is the norm," said a netizen from the north.


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Northen way of food shopping vs Southern way of food shopping


Moreover, in the south, it is said that winter melon is always sold in chunks. "One chunk is enough for two meals!" one said. While in the north, it is simply not possible. "Of course we buy a whole one, otherwise nobody is willing to buy the other half," said a northern Chinese.


Because of this, cultural shocks are certainly inevitable. "Yesterday, I was going to buy just two celery stalks, but the stall owner was unwilling to weigh them and gave them to me for free," said a Cantonese netizen who just moved to Northeast China. "Vegetable vendors in Chengdu not only let me buy a very small amount of potatoes and lettuce, but even offered to help me peel them. I was so overwhelmed!" said a netizen from the north.


Experts say that the difference is due to the varied climate. Groceries can be stored for a relatively long time in the north as it is usually cold and dry there. Nevertheless, the comparatively hot and humid weather in the south compels southern Chinese to buy just enough for one meal or one day, otherwise it might go bad.


( From Chinadaily website ) 


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