Leaving it all behind to explore the world together
Rolling Back The Great Wall
Welcome to a special edition of Canuck Walkabout!
In a bizarre turn of events, our hotel in Kunming was located across the street from a Wal-Mart. Yes, you read that right – an honest-to-goodness Wal-Mart Supercentre. A surprise to be sure, but a welcome one. Back in Canada we do our best to avoid going into Wal-Mart unless absolutely necessary. But in Kunming, this was far too interesting an opportunity to pass up.
One of Doug’s favourite travelling past-times (a past-time that Emily finds amusing, and tolerates mainly due to the presence of air conditioning…) is seeing other cultures’ interpretations of “Western” or “Canadian/American” culture. What does a McDonald’s serve in Asia? What does a movie theater look like in Malaysia? What about a shopping mall? You can learn a lot about a culture by exploring their interpretations of western culture. And perhaps more interestingly, its an opportunity to understand how our culture is viewed by others around the world. Next time you’re abroad, give it a try. You may be surprised at what you find.
So thanks to our hotel location, we had the opportunity to answer one of life’s great questions: If everything in a Canadian Wal-Mart is made in China, where is the stuff in a Chinese Wal-Mart made? Let’s take a stroll through a Chinese Wal-Mart and find out!
And now for the answer you’ve all been waiting for: where is do all these value-priced goods come from? Are you ready for it? Hold on to your seat….
So there you have it. Unexpected? Honestly, we were a little surprised. We figured the goods would be made somewhere even cheaper than China – Vietnam? Myanmar? But the answer was more straightforward. Maybe we were over thinking it.
Doug and Emily / June 3, 2017 @ 9:08am / Dali, China @ Yimoxuan Guesthouse