Two things staggered me this time when I went back to my hometown Jiaxing.
The prevalence and booming of modern cafes which serves authentic Italian espresso beverages and imported craft beers. The can outmatch many cafes in Tokyo and Singapore!
The ubiquity of mobile payment in every retail shop, cafes, fruit shops, shopping malls and restaurants, you name it! One year ago these two things did not exist.
If you don’t believe me, please check out the following two youtube videos which introduce two stylish coffee shops in my hometown.