In my past travels abroad, one usual reference for me to know if I am in an actual tourist destination or near it are the hordes of Chinese tourists. This group of tourists has always been my basis to ascertain if I am on the right spot.
And once I see a bunch of Chinese tourists (usually loud and boisterous), I am somewhat glad that I am actually at the correct tourist destination and that Google Maps did not fail me.
However, in Mexico City, there seem to be a lack of Chinese tour groups. I don’t miss them but I was left wondering how come they are not around. The Chinese touring population seem to have yet discover the sites and beauty of what Mexico City has to offer.
To confirm and with hopes of bumping into this touring Chinese clusters, I set a date of going to Mercado De Artesanias La Ciudadela, a colorful 16,000 square meter market that sells traditional Mexican handicrafts and regional specialties like textiles, ceramics, silver works, embroideries, handwoven blouses, blankets, guitars, etc.
I know that Chinese loves to shop and splurge their wealth every time they go on tour out of their country. La Ciudadela would definitely be the best tourist-location to find them. But to my surprise, they however were not around. I even thought that I was not at the correct La Ciudadela that I even asked a German-sounding tourist shopper if I am indeed in the right artisanal market.
Well I guess, Chinese tours has yet to discover Mexico City which for sure they would eventually will. I instead enjoyed my shopping at La Ciudadela, took a lot of photos and got myself some colorful trinkets of memories of this wonderful Mexican adventure.
Wala ang mai-ingay!