(pop 3.5 million)
People’s Republic of China
The aroma of fresh baked bread draws my attention as I wander through the noisy food market here in Tianshui, the second largest city in Gansu Province. My eyes bulge as I encounter a pile of huge watermelons – the largest I think I have ever seen.
The bakers smile and also the lady who slices chunks of tofu and the man who sells noodles. An elderly lady ignores me as she makes her selection from a truckload of pears.