The Road to Kathmandu Is Never Straight

Trip Start Oct 22, 2007
Trip End Dec 12, 2007

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Sunday, November 4, 2007

McGuerty say, the path to Kathmandu is not a straight one, at least not when China Eastern airline is involved. Due to a four hour flight delay from LA to Kathmandu, I missed my connecting flights to Kathmandu. So, China Eastern apologized and put myself and about eight others of us, all Chinese folks, up for the night in small Shanghai hotel. Shanghaied in Shanghai !   Had to quickly learn how to eat with chopsticks.

Next morning, China Eastern said next flight from Chengdu to Kathmandu Nov 3rd. I say you're kidding so airline manager gets involved and accomodates me by rerouting my original destination to Chengdu, instead  to Quangzhou (formerly known as Canton, down near Hong Kong). The following evening, Oct 31st, scheduled to catch flight to Kathmandu, all no additional charge for the reroute change. OK I say and quickly proceed to study up on Quangzhou, shuttle buses at night, where to stay, etc.

It all worked out. Found hostel in old colonial section along Pearl River waterfront. Night time all lit up, neon a go-go and waterfront laser shows. So, last few days, lots of Chinese food and time in airports. Chinese cities are now very westernized and modern. Men and women dress in all styles of contemporary clothes now. What an about face for China in so very few years. Capitalism is king and the economic engine is running.

In the past 20-30 years, most Chinese cities and provinces have undergone a renaming, Quengzhou no exception, as the city was formerly known as Canton; home to Cantonese food, Opium trade wars, and the nationalist movement of Sun Yat-Sen. Many of the Chinese that immigrated to America came from this region. And to think as an Irish railroad henchman in the movie Seraphim Falls, I gave the coulies such a hard time.

Later today, a drizzly waterfront grey day, I'm finally bound for Kathmandu. Until then...

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