Something happening here . . . at least in Zhengzhou.
Last year, every bank sold gold in bar form, from about 5 g up to 500 g ingots. Today, I can't find any banks selling it.
Last year there were numerous stores selling gold and silver coins and ingots around the city. This is what a typical store looks like today.
Until a few weeks ago you could buy slightly overpriced gold, or very overpriced silver here. Now you can buy scooters.