ITS BEEN ELEVEN YEARS...
...Since I last visited my family in China, and this time we toured around the northern cities too. I call it my lightning bolt trip because we were moving pretty fast between the cities and because if I lined up the dots of where I travelled it's shaped like a lightning bolt xD!
Went to: Beijing, Chongxing, Wuhan, Huangzhou, Suzhou, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong.
It was a really great experience overall, and very darn tiring. I was hoping all that sweating and walking would make me lose a few but I think it just ended up evening out with all the food I ate (Lol).
A lot of China is evolving very quickly, in terms of urban planning most cities totally beat Canada since we have random blobs of brick like 2 or 3 km away from eachother lolol. I also got an authentic boat ride powered by boatmen through a small river, and it really made me think...
We in the city make all this money to support a supposed better style of living, those boatmen make 25$ rmb a day (which is equivalent to 4$ cnd) and it's already considered one of the better jobs in their area due to tips from tourists. However, it's enough ...because they grow their own food and the don't have ridiculous wants like PS3's or the latest in fashion shoes etc... All their earnings go towards feeding their family and educating their kids.
The oldest boatmen there was 80 years old and he was very dark and muscular, they work very hard >_<.
But that's not to say I'm not guilty of wanting things I don't really need. In fact I spend a lot on clothes and material goods orz.
I'll upload some photos another time, I've yet to unpack everything xD;
I'm very glad to be back though! It was nice to be buzzing the the crowded streets at night but I do love the fresh and peaceful air here at times. Of course, also my unrestricted access to facebook, twitter and youtube =/