The Curious Case of a Turtle on a Stick

One of my most curious, yet horrifying, discoveries in China was a turtle mounted on a stick. I remember walking through a light drizzle in pursuit of culinary satisfaction, about a block away from the academic building. When there, by the intersection, stood a woman holding a wooden staff with a turtle dangling on top, dead or alive, lashed to the tip with shredded rags and a debatable purpose.