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I have had a couple of experiences thus far over here that have required me to visit a pharmacy. We have visited a traditional Chinese medicine factory/storage facility as one of our business visits, but I never would have guessed that traditional Chinese medicine was all they had to offer at any given pharmacy. There was no hydracortisone for my heat rash on my foot, and there was no sore throat spray. I got some herbal cough drops, but that's all they had to offer.

It surprised me the most that the pharmacies did not offer any western medicine. With the world ever-expanding, I figured they would offer half and half, or at least some choices in western medicine. This experience was not negative, it was just eye opening that the Chinese people do not necessarily have access to the same over-the-counter medicines that we do.