If you scurry past China's commercial, accredited malls — somewhere nestled between stands selling skewers of street meats and mom-and-pop shops — you will find alleys lined with just about anything for sale. Anything from the kitschy to the quirky to the country's infamous counterfeits (some of which are copied so carefully they're almost indistinguishable from the real thing).
Last week, I strolled through one of these cramped "strip malls" in Jinan, Shandong and very quickly realized the unique chaos and charm of China's ethically-ambiguous manufacturing culture. Everything can be made in here. And, really, "You Can Choose Whatever you like there."