Am giving you the cultural view -what struck me as a Westerner. We went the year before the Olympics for a week, so many things were more authentically Chinese. Our son lived there, and staying at his apartment, gave us more insight of the life of the locals.
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THE GOOD: The Giant Pandas have a den on your tour ot the Great Wall
Also Good: You barter for anything, except in Western stores or restaurants. Everything is dirt cheap and our son kept saying “You pay too much!”
There are only two traffic rules people attend to. Stop for a red light, and call the police when you’re involved in an accident. Traffic there is so chaotic that I remarked being back on 6-8 lane freeways of Los Angeles, “It’s so quiet here!” :):)
Fence in the foreground for safety
THE RANDOM: Hubby and son went to the Great Wall, and I went painting here, left from the bridge. One of the workers at the bed and breakfast told it’s very unusual here to paint in the street, and even more for a woman to be alone and paint, but since I obviously was a Westerner, they let me get away with it:) On the mainland, Westerners are still kind of a celebrity – yes, I felt those watching eyes.
THE FUN: At the Great Wall most visitors were Chinese.
Surprizingly for Asia, most women work and have a voice here. I watched a woman working in a giant mall for gadgets, blast a Middle Eastern man – no doubt wanting the special treatment, and not giving in to his demands. She spewed fire and won the half hour lasting argument.
Only pic from Shen-Shen in this post.
China loves replications …. and mishmash – From left to right, German Dutch, English, and in the back the Eiffel Tower:) The mainland has an unusual mix of communism mixed with a democratic slant in their business practices. They call Hong Kong “the West.”
All the reflections are from Catching the Light behind us.
Royal Robe display behind glass in the Forbidden City (that means China had a royal family before Communism took over). The Forbidden City are the former Royal palaces, and visiting is like the Louvre – never enough time!
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