Live crocodiles with their mouths taped shut are ignored by shoppers outside the Yumin Restaurant in a Guangzhou mall.
The huge, live reef fish restaurant employs 400 Chinese chefs that prepare the critters as meals, but people walk by talking on their cell phones unaware and trip over live, hissing, sometimes charging crocodiles.
The pricey, exotic meat—steamed, braised, or stewed—is believed to cure cough and prevent cancer. “People don’t care about the cost,” says manager Wang Jianfei, “they just care about health.”
- RANDY OLSON
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- China's Bling Dynasty_National Geographic Magazine 5/2008