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... smoking and eating at the same time.
The assertiveness of the culture is a bit overwhelming. It's nothing for them to cut you off while you are walking, or cutting in line in front of you. We were climbing off our tour bus this afternoon and a lady had driven her car up on the sidewalk in front of our hotel to go around the bus and then impatiently kept creeping up as we disembarked! Sheesh. That's going to be the hardest thing for ...
So, I want to dedicate this blog to all the impressions and observations I have made about China so far. Some of them are first impressions and may be completely inaccurate, but it's what I've noticed so far during my time here in Chengdu.
The first thing that you really notice when you sit down at a computer with Internet is how much seems to be open for use, and yet for an outsider completely censored. For ...
... morning everyone gets woken up at 6.30 to witness the first of the three gorges ... the whole point of the trip. Now I know it takes a bit to get me excited about this stuff but at 7am it was going to have to be something mega. It disappointed unfortunately (even Donna) and if the others were like this, it was going to be a very expensive and long boat trip in a smelly room.
Next was the three little gorges, which were much better, with the ...
The Cathay Pacific flight from Toronto to Hong Kong, all 15 hours, was relaxing and seemed much faster than these flights in the past. Perhaps it was because this time I had an entire row of seats to myself in which to stretch and sleep. In fact, the plane looked as though it was about 10% full. So lots of room, and no end to the helpings of whatever food or drink one wanted.
Even the three hurricanes headed to Hong Kong cooperated by shooting up the coast giving me ...
... some souvenirs and N really wanted to try the famous mutton broth. It goes like this - they give you a bowl and two huge pieces of bread that you have to crumble yourself. After you finish this you give it back to the guys working there and they will fix you your broth. They put glassnoodles, broth and mutton in the bowl and voila, dinner is served. The restaurant has to be one of the grimiest places we visited but ey, the food was good and cheap :D.