When shopping in China, one should test or at least see the real product before making the purchase. A friend of mine bought an mp3 player in Shenzhen, only later found out that what he paid for was nothing more than the plastic outer shell.
There are many tourist traps. And Yik and I were stupid enough to fall into one of them during our Sanya trip two weeks ago.
Because we wanted to eat more fruits in our 4-day vacation, our taxi driver drove us to a fruit stall. Only a few kinds of fruit were selling there, and beside mangos, all of them were wrapped in colored plastic paper. The salesgirl in the fruit stall told us that the fruits wrapped were different kinds of Hainan’s tropical fruits, with exotic names like 霸王果 (literally translated as “conqueror fruit”) and 吉祥果 (literally translated as “fortunate fruit”), definitely some must-try, Hainan specialties, blab blab blab…
After some bargaining, we bought a so-called conqueror fruit and a so-called fortunate fruit. We unwrapped the fruits when we got back to our hotel, and we found nothing but a grapefruit and a white melon. While the grapefruit was inedibly dry that we had to throw it away, the melon was awfully sweet! So that’s not a total lost at least. Haha.
After the trip, I researched online and learnt that a conqueror fruit should be a fruit that looks like a small mango, while fortunate fruit may be another way people call a pitaya, aka dragon fruit (火龍果).
Well, so we got cheated and we have learned our lesson. Thanks god that the tuition for this lesson is very much affordable HAHA 😀
We got told that this fruit is called a 霸王果 (conqueror fruit). It’s really nothing but a melon. We were so naive… 🙄
This is how a 霸王果 (conqueror fruit) should look like, size of a little mango.
And we were told that the fruit wrapped inside is a 吉祥果 (fortunate fruit). It was really nothing more than a grapefruit… or an orange…