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A Walk Across a Chinese City

Discussion in 'Travel' started by DavidUSA, 19 Feb 2017.

  1. DavidUSA

    DavidUSA Thread Starter Well-Known Member

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    Before I came to live and work in China, it was difficult to picture. So here are some everyday photos: a walk from work to Starbucks in a "small" Chinese city of 2.5 million souls.

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    DavidUSA Thread Starter Well-Known Member

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    Going on vacation to a country, walking around a lot and meeting people, does not really tell you much about what it will be like to work there. I certainly had that experience in Thailand. In China too.

    Even though I had been to China many times, had even lived in Beijing for a short time, a real understanding of their culture only began in the day-to-day interaction inside a Chinese company. And being the only foreigner around greatly aided the little light flickering inside my head. China is not a place for epiphanies--it is not like Japan. Amidst the raw people, like raw carrots just pulled from the ground, you see it is real and natural and has worth.
     
  3. gungchang

    gungchang Well-Known Member

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    Those photos were uncannily similar to what I might photograph in Baotou.

    The city bus was a different color, but otherwise . . .
     
  4. sirchai

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    Do they speak Aengritt in the bigger cities?
     
  5. gungchang

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    They speak a little Thai. Thailand is a very popular tourist destination. I've been surprised at how many people greet my wife with sawasdi khrap/ka. The girls actually pronounce it correctly, complete with a wai. I'm guessing that they're emulating a television travelogue.

    I noticed long hair in the last photo. That made me realize, whether it be rural Thailand or a small town in China, that a significant other is the most important travel accessory. I recall all too well the days when I relied on a portable short wave radio to keep sane.
     
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    Thank you very much for sharing, DavidUSA.
     
  7. fred flintstone

    fred flintstone Well-Known Member

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    Nice pics. What city is it?
     
  8. DavidUSA

    DavidUSA Thread Starter Well-Known Member

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    Huai'an, in Jiangsu Province. It is north of Nanjing. It is not most highly modernized city in China, but it is a nice place to live.
     
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    Thanks a lot for the nice answer. :thumbs up
     
  10. Internationalteacher

    Internationalteacher AKA phuketbound

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    Cool, it looks a lot quieter than Beijing/Shanghai.. haha.
    I'd be very bored after all of the sensory overload here. ;)
    Glad you like it though.
     
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    Taken literally, there is nothing quiet about Baotou. I've never seen/heard so many fireworks in my life. I once compared it to living in the same building with Ginger Baker, especially on a major holiday. I don't know if I've ever gone 24 hours without somebody lighting something off.
     
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    Internationalteacher AKA phuketbound

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    ^Haha! Chinese New Year is insane I agre.

    I guess when I meant quiet, I was comparing 2.5 million to 21 million people.
     

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