Greetings from China. Mao says hello with a wave.
I’m experiencing all you’d expect:
- Interesting foods, including an oyster as big as my fist at dinner last night.
- Insane traffic. Much worse than my last trip here in 2005. Chaos will continue as more and more people can afford cars.
- Pollution. Everything is very grey, may not come across in photos. I wouldn’t enjoy running outside.
- Strange exercises and dancing. There is a large square out in front of the hotel, and it is full of people starting at 5:30 am, doing tai chi, backwards walking and dancing dancing dancing …
I’ve been too busy (and too tired … I tried to get a photo of the dark circles and bags under my eyes last night, but to no avail) to leave the hotel much … might get a chance to explore and shop a bit tonight. Then it’s off to Beijing for the weekend, and up to Changchun for a few days next week before heading back home.
Git yer requests for souveniers in now!