While the origin of COVID-19 is still under investigation and the subject of a propaganda battle between China and the United States, conventional wisdom holds that it transmitted to humans via bats in a wet market in Wuhan.
My Visit To A Chinese Wet Market
In 2016, I spent a couple days in Guangzhou to visit the newly-opened Park Hyatt Guangzhou. During my visit, I took a wonderful bicycle tour of the city, which included a stop at a traditional wet market.
A wet market is a marketplace selling fresh meat, fish, produce, and other perishable goods that are widespread throughout China and many parts of the world. Some wet markets have live animals that are slaughtered upon selection. Others are more like a crude grocery store. In China, wet markets were prohibited from stocking wildlife after the SARS epidemic in 2003, but that ban was lifted a few years later. With the spread of COVID-19, it has been reintroduced nationwide and on a permanent basis. That said, wet markets have already begun to re-open as China recovers from COVID-19.
While I did not see any bats or even sheep or goats waiting to be slaughtered, the market had one of the most pungent smells I have ever encountered and there were many moving things available for purchase.
Here are some of the photos I took. Note the live turtles, snakes, frogs, and other live creatures:
Have you ever visited a wet market in China or elsewhere? What were your impressions?
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