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Yung Shu Wan Market

Yung Shue Wan has one main road that eventually makes it the 7k journey to Sok Kwu Wan Village. I say road, but it’s really a sidewalk that is never more than 2 meters across. In some places it’s narrow enough you have to be careful passing by someone. Yung Shue Wan is a large enough village that they have an ATM as well as 3 small vegetable markets and a butcher. As a word of warning to tourists, they butcher the animals right there on the road and it’s recommended to take the path behind the building until the butcher is done swinging his chopper about.

This market had a freezer in the back for the frozen meat (mainly fish balls and such for the BBQ crowd) and a small wine and beer selection. From what I can tell, the only difference between the 3 markets was not the price or the quality of the food, but the personality of the owners. For surly service, try stall one. For English, stall two (they can be surly too, so bear with them) and locals only in stall 3, because some people just don’t want to fool with tourists at all. Not that everyone on Lamma Island is rude, they just live there because they don’t want to be bothered by so many people. And who can blame them.

This particular painting was done from a sketch I did previously. I am looking forward to Chinese New Years being over so I can go back to sketching and painting for longer periods. Watching kids all day and painting is not easily done.

Yung Shue Wan vegetable market
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4 thoughts on “Yung Shue Wan vegetable market

  • February 11, 2011 at 7:17 pm
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    Beautiful painting. I am especially attracted by the stripes in the canvas that remind me of Georgia O’Keefe’s early watercolors and the greens and pinks in the lower part part of the painting. Vibrant!

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    • February 11, 2011 at 11:01 pm
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      Hi Linda, thank you. I wonder if working from memory makes the colors brighter.

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  • February 12, 2011 at 12:43 am
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    Most colorful and arresting but butchering in the road sounds a bit raw. So enjoy your little “stories” with insight into the human condition. You must have attempted all 3 stalls?

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    • February 12, 2011 at 10:51 am
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      Hi Pat. The butchering is a bit raw here. Even more so in the summer heat. But since it’s the norm, people don’t give it much thought. And from a learning perspective, there is no doubt in children’s minds were their food comes from. And not everyone is surly on Lamma Island, it’s just that they live on the outer islands to be left on their own. Lamma is like some isolated town in the deep south. When you pull in to fill up the gas tank, they know you’re not staying and don’t see much reason to put effort into getting to know you. Nothing personal. 😉

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