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Travel Blogs from Shaoshan
... of wealth for the Chinese) is something that's struck me. China's...well, it's a developing country, I'd hesitate to call it 3rd world, but certainly when I arrived in downtown Xiangtan, my friend who has lived most of her life in Malawi, called it 'like Africa, but with Chinese people.' We were told during our teacher training that if people fail high school in China, they end up working in the Apple factory for about 50p a day. (No wonder they work so hard in high ...
... terrible stuff!) and tried to help them read English. It's often just them and me when we're out and about and it's odd being so dependent on two preteen girls, but they are lovely. :)
So today we popped off to see Shaoshan, an hour from Xiangtan, and home of Chairman Mao. This now is home to several dedicated Mao sights. Mei and Shu couldn't come as they had to work so I went with Abigail, Phoenix, Phoenix's ...
... landed fish and scrabbling for my asthma inhalers.) Arriving in Changsha, (the capital of Hunan province) a few hours and another plane later, was a pleasant contrast: we could see mountains in the distance, and greenery, and the heat was drier, giving us the first inkling of why they call this place 'one of the four furnaces of China.'
By that time we were jetlagged but in fairly good humour; this, on my part at least, was not to last as we were met ...
... province. The green trees with the
little tower amongst them, the amazing mountains, it was just wow.
It was just such a peaceful
place, we decided to rest and just take everything in. The birds sang and the cicadas
chirped but apart from that it was nearly silent. It really felt close to
heaven. Sherry however, felt that just sitting and enjoying the view was boring
so she decided to build a scarecrow.
After a while it ...
... western from the bakery. My shoulders were aching because of all the golf yesterday, I probably did a lot wrong, because Emma and Karlie weren’t in pain at all, so I didn’t feel like moving for long distances.
Linda picked us up in her little yellow panda and on the backseat, there was a little girl, Sherry, already anxiously waiting to go. She is 5 years old and somewhat of an adopted daughter of Linda’s since both her parents are working in a ...