The recent salt hoarding reminds many in China of the life in late 80s. In 1988, China stopped double-track price system, allowing consumer product prices to be adjusted by market rather than central planning. The immediate result was a much greater than imaged price increase across the board. High prices lead to a national panic and a nation-wide hoarding just about everything.
Crowd outside a gold jewelery store
View from the other side of the gold store
Queue for cooking oil
People in street trading food coupons (粮票, liang piao)
Queue for Chinese cabbage
Woman with an overloaded cart of Chinese cabbages