Betel nuts stalls: Hainan has the culture of chewing betel nuts.
Apart from the search for the elusive Hainan version of chicken rice, I was also curious to know if spitting in public is still the habit among the Chinese. I haven't been back to China for at least ten years so I was naturally curious to find out.
It didn't take me long.
They spit everywhere: in shopping malls (into litter bins), pavements, gardens, parks, from buses and so on.
Maybe the youths should know better than their elders. I was wrong.
Travelling in an inter-city bus, the young man in front of me kept spitting out of the window at least a dozen times.
Aside from this spitting culture, there's also the culture of chewing betel nuts in Hainan Island. The pavements everywhere are splattered with red spittle as a result. Disgusting.
Never knew they chew betel nuts in Hainan. It came as a total surprise to me frankly.