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Mysterious Plastic Bags
People new in Guangzhou might get confused: why there is always someone carrying one or two big black plastic bags?
Sometimes the bags are in other colors.
What’s in such a big plastic bag?
As time gone by, you find out that this kind of black plastic bags mostly appear around wholesale markets.
They are used for containing various kinds of goods, such as textiles, shoes, and electronic products.
Who carries the bags probably seems humble, wearing simple, but he or she may be a rich business owner.
A plastic bag is not just a plastic bag, it can also be a symbol of wealth.
As the widely spread saying goes, a real rich man in Guangzhou always wears an ordinary vest, a pair of shorts, and flip flops.
Cantonese tend to prefer down-to-earth actions to talking big, and are practical and business-minded. People here care more about food and drink than appearance and dress in life.
Since plastic bags are cheap (almost for free) and easy to get, they are collected in the drawers of every Cantonese family, no matter rich or poor.
People explore several usages of plastic bags. For example, you can use one to contain money as a purse.
In rainy days, they can be your raincoats or rain shoes due to the water resistance.
They can even be used for packaging gifts by if you are ingenious.
So don’t be surprised if you see a simple-dressed man carrying a plastic bag but going to drive a Ferrari.
Plastic products have caused a series of environmental problems and raised global concerns.
Although people in Canton like to recycle plastic bags mainly for the habit, they help alleviate the situation.
A plastic bag can be such a philosophical product here, deeply rooted in our daily life, while it can also highlight personal status and taste.
Compared with relatively out-going citizens in other places, the average Cantonese persons speak and behave in low-profile or mild ways and conduct themselves with restraint.
At the forefront of China’s Opening and Reform practice, they are more tolerant of, and adaptive to incoming migrants and other cultures with a welcoming attitude.
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