First on my trip to China was Fenghua, a smaller city near Ningbo. We were mainly there to visit family, and to take a photo consisting of 4 generations.
I'm going to go ahead and assume most of you haven't heard much of either Fenghua or Ningbo like me, as they are quite small compared to the big-name cities in China.
This was my second time visiting the city, the first being around 8 years ago. While we were only there for two days, it was a very interesting experience being in a city where nearly everything seems foreign.
For instance, on one afternoon we walked over to some mysterious building which contained a disco-like club filled with young adults, beer, the stench of cigarettes, and bananas (I'm as confused as you are about the last one) in addition to our destination: a ping pong room.
Fenghua, like many other cities in China is extremely dense. Every street is constantly filled with cars, people, bikers, and electric scooters. It's surprising that there is also an abundance of greenery within the city. It's quite a beautiful contrast.
Traffic in this city like many other cities in China is absolutely madness. You have a mix of cars, slow trucks, gas-powered makeshift bikes, electric scooters, pedestrians, and all of the above going the wrong way on streets.
The city hasn't changed much from my past memories. One thing that definitely has changed is the culture around technology here. There are a few blocks with over 10 cell phone dealers in the same area, all of which advertise Chinese brands like Xiaomi, Oppo, and Huawei.
The last time I visited, I recall only a few cell phone dealers with mainly knockoff brands like "Somy" and "Motorrola". There is also an abundance of public wifi hotspots, so that's certainly a plus.
I certainly wish I could have spent a couple more days exploring the city, but alas we were on a tight schedule. This may be my last time visiting Fenghua for quite some time, and I'd certainly like to see how it changes with the rapid economic development of it and the rest of China.
Tomorrow, I'll share more about Xikou, an absolutely gorgeous national park that surprisingly not many people know about.