On one of my walks around Chongqing I passed by a man standing in the middle of the road holding one of the bang bang jun bamboo poles. At first glance I thought he was directing traffic but dangling on a rope from the end of his pole was a turtle…
When I got back to the room I looked up “turtle on a stick” and it turns out it is a thing! The construction work will disturb turtle’s nest and people catch and sell them.
One day I asked the fisherman whether the turtle was to be someone’s pet or someone’s dinner and was told both would be an option.
Thanks to PEANUTFINDS’ blog post for explaining this one to me: Hard Hats