On Visiting China…
It’s been a few weeks now since we got back from China, Tibet and Hong Kong.
To be honest, I feel I’m no authority on traveling abroad. I’m a newbie, even though I have traveled to a few places in my lifetime. At what point do you feel like… a world traveler?
It’s definitely not me, and I’m lucky if I can travel overseas once a year!
But I should chime in about this latest overseas trip and fill my Travel category with some posts. As the journey to Mainland China, Tibet and Hong Kong was filled with some amazing memories and recollections.
Where Does One Begin?
For one—and this is just me personally—that the immensity of the trip doesn’t hit you until a couple of weeks later, when you are finally, and 100%, coming off of your jetlag. A difference of almost 24 hours.
My Overall View of China?
It’s vast, and it’s progressing at a rapid pace. it’s modern, and yet it’s ancient and has thousands of years of history and culture to it.
Walking through its streets, you can tell that China is moving rapidly towards modernization and it’s Communist and Capitalist at the same time.
There’s a high speed train system that goes to almost every province, yet a lot of people still ride bicycles and scooters through the streets of Beijing.
I was mesmerized by the beauty and futuristic look of the Beijing International Airport. And incidentally, China’s airports and train stations were mostly new and modern-looking. I truly was impressed.
Two things, however, were points against China. One was the pollution. Some cities like Xian and Chengdu were so smoggy and polluted, my eyes felt like they were burning at one point. And those polluted cities seemed to be always overcast.
Number two was the sheer number of people everywhere. I mean, yes it’s the most populated country in the world with more than 1.3 billion people. It’s mind-boggling the more I think about it. Chongqing (I didn’t know) is about 34 million people now. It’s a huge city!
People in China seem to behave just like anybody in America, walking around with their smartphones, hustling to get from one place to another. People are connected in China. There’s WIFI everywhere. It’s just that the Chinese government has literally censored many top U.S. websites like Facebook, Google and Instagram. So, I really couldn’t update my Facebook page until I got back to the U.S., for the most part. Once we got to Hong Kong we had internet access to pretty much everything.
But overall, China is an amazing place, filled with rich culture and history. In future posts I’ll try to share images of China, Tibet and Hong Kong from the perspective of a traveler not concerned with the political aspects of the country.
So, I will try to focus primarily on the people, the culture and its rich history.