Last night, I had an experience sure to warm the cockles of JB's hardened heart. The place to be for the still pretty godless not so much Communist Chinese people on a Saturday night in downtown Nanjing? Wal-Mart.
Judging by the frenzied throngs we encountered at Wal-Mart between roughly 8:30pm and 10:00pm, the retail giant is not only surviving in China but thriving. The store is located smack in the middle of the downtown entertainment district. It's a four story monstrosity offering all the usual Wal-Mart goodies plus an impressive selection of groceries. It was a little surreal to see such huge (and pretty happy looking) crowds in a place like Wal-Mart at what isn't usually considered a prime shopping time, but in today's Chinese cities crowds and shopping at all hours of the day are the norm rather than the exception.