The weather was a great foreshadow for the day’s events. It was a miserable day in San Francisco, the clouds, rain, and cold; however, did not stop us from visiting Chinatown for a class field trip. Frank, our tour guide, had a big personality, which was greatly needed for our tour since I was not looking forward to trekking up the hills in this gloomy weather. Frank was very informative about Chinatown’s history, which was a terrific lead up to the food portion of the sight-seeing.
For the eye-opener of the day, we got to see the processes the Chinese use when preparing the meat. Cleanliness was not a high standard for these markets in Chinatown. First of all, they are wide open to the public, which contains cigarette smoke, sneezes, dirty grounds, etc. Next, the fish were either packed into small bins for the walking pedestrians to see or crammed in fish tanks with water so murky you can barely see the fish. It is obvious to say that they have not been washed recently. As we continued to walk through the market, there were plastic bins full of frogs and turtles. At first glance, it looked like containers filled with dead animals; however, I think they were too scared to move because they saw what was happening in that market. At the end of the hallway, I was not prepared to see a room filled with layers upon layers of cages that were too small for birds to be living in. There were pheasants, chickens, and pigeons just waiting to be chosen. Needless to say, this treatment did not make me crave Chinese food.
Live fish and crabs living their last moments out in small containers with barely any room to move.
The statue-like frogs, fearing for their lives.
This picture does not depict the actual cloudiness in the water… it looks much worse in person.