Now the fruits, or rather the vegetables, of China's economic miracle have reached the capital. The cabbage market is in a state of turmoil after two years of steady decline.
According to my trader in his end-of-line, padded-nylon jacket, the 'Cabbage Prosperity Barometer' is falling sharply. Peking's increasingly affluent citizens have discovered the delights of eating such out-of-season vegetables as cucumber, tomatoes, cauliflower and celery, which capitalists have been shipping in bulk from the temperate south. By next winter those yuppie staples, rocket, radicchio and zucchini will no doubt be added to the list.