Local specialties are donkey hotpot and fish from the lake. The three local restaurants kept their fish in large pools in their backyards. Since we were traveling with two Tibetans and Tibetans don´t eat donkey because the animal is a helper of the family, we had the fish, which was excellent. We visited the kitchen and discovered the chef was still using firewood to heat the large wok.
The next morning we got really lucky. We discovered the local market which takes place every five days. We thought at first that it was a market for the coming New Year holidays since it was incredibly busy. Many locals sold homemade, stinky tofu, Chinese medicine or hemp seeds. Others were traveling vendors who sold plastic ware or knives. We found a villager who sold hand-knitted house shoes which he said a woman of his family had needed two days to make. In times of inexpensive Taobao items (Chinese ebay) it gets more and more difficult to find beautiful handmade things. We bought a pair, not only to support the locals, but also because we found them beautiful. One day, handcrafted things may be gone entirely.
Some locals asked us proudly to take pictures of them when they saw my Nikon DSLR, which I happily did.