Unexpected things I saw in China

I recently traveled to Shanghai and Suzhou, China, and came across some unexpected things.
  1. 1. Chicken feet, octopus on a stick, bullfrog, and stinky tofu stands are as common as hotdog stands in the U.S.
  2. 2. More people spoke English than I expected, even in the smaller cities.
  3. 3. Heavy smog all the time. During a one week stay I only saw the sun once.
  4. 4. Electric scooters on the sidewalks that almost run you over. Pedestrians do not have the right away in the crosswalks.
  5. 5. Beautiful thousand-year-old gardens and temples next to modern day skyscrapers.