to grocery shopping in China. Key product label information
translated. Photos with each entry.
you have any comments or suggestions of things you would
like to see added to these pages please send them to Ruth at
These pages are
organized alphabetically by categories. Each page has
it's own alphabetically ordered menu of items within that
category. I have tried to have categories similar to
those you will find in many stores, but sometimes it's just
my own warped logic. More categories, and items within
those categories, will be added over time.
I am not a
shopper by nature. For me shopping is not a hobby, it
is a means to an end. I want certain stuff, therefore
I shop in order to get it. Often I not only want
certain stuff, but specific, certain stuff. This is
where being a foreigner in China can be challenging.
When product labels are in Chinese my literacy level
plummets. Perhaps you have noticed this too.
Though there is a surprising amount of English on items
available in super markets in China, not everything has
English on the package. And the smaller the store the
less you can count on finding English. Pictures on the
package can be helpful, but they may not give you the whole
You can always use a Chinese English dictionary,
but that can be frustrating and time consuming.
Wouldn't it be nice if there were pictures of the things you
want, with translations of the key information to look for
to guide you in getting exactly what you want? I
though so too, so I have put together some photos of common
items from Chinese stores with the Chinese highlighted, and
the English and pinyin provided. Useful descriptive
words are also pointed out (things like 'fresh', 'black' and
'pure') to help you find that specific, certain stuff you
are looking for. Here is grocery shopping (in China) help
you can see.