Grocery shopping in China can be difficult, but by knowing the advantages of each type of grocery store or veggie/fruit stall can save you time and money.

Grocery shopping in China is probably not going to be as simple as what you’re used to back home. In the United States, I’d just go shopping at 1 grocery store, and find all I needed: meat, vegetables, fruit, packaged goods, frozen goods, canned goods, everything. In China, it is not so simple. As you’ll see, if money is not an issue, it can make your life a little easier, but with some good planning you can do your best to save time, money, and get the best quality food available. First things first – Know how much groceries you can carry. In your home country, you may have been used to filling up your cart and loading the bags into your car’s trunk, but in when you grocery shop in China, you’ll either have to carry everything with you. If you’re doing a big shopping trip, I’d suggest taking a backpack with you to put the heaviest items (milk, cans, other liquids) in, so that it is easier on your arms. Types of Grocery Stores in China (and strategies for shopping): • Hypermarket (Megastore) – These massive stores have groceries, cleaning supplies, kitchen supplies, home goods, clothing, electronics, and even some sporting equipment. Most usually have an aisle or two of popular imported food items, usually cheaper than the strictly import grocery stores. Imports you can get at...

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