While I sense that the experience of my recent three week visit to China, let alone its meaning, are not yet been fully understood by me, I do know that it was the most unique and enriching trip that I have undertaken.
I have encountered two worlds in one land: poor, vast, undeveloped China, farming the land while still living in conditions not dissimilar to their ancestors from the previous century, still carrying water buckets on their back in order to irrigate the fields and using primitive farming implements. On the other hand, I witnessed the technologically advanced China that dissects mountains like butter to lay down thousands of kilometers of highway, bridges spanning vast valleys, flyover rail tracks and dormitory town with clusters of skyscrapers awaiting their first inhabitants . We traveled the maglev high speed train, floating from Beijing to Shanghai at 300km/hour!
Travelling around China trip was simply overwhelming. I did not know to expect its breathtaking natural beauty, pristine unique Nature and multiple world heritage sites.
I experienced the Chinese as kind, helpful and everywhere hard working, often throughout the night. Having traveled off the beaten track, we encountered the rich diversity of China’s many intriguing Minority Peoples. Of course as an adventurous lover of food, it was an utter delight to try the enormous variety of intriguing foods and tastes. And how can I mention China without recalling the many many tea-ceremonies we sat down to, savoring regions, flavors hues and aromas.
I have randomly posted but a few out of my over 1000 photos taken during this trip. Magical mountains seen here are in the Jan Jai Jai National Park nature reserve in Hunan province. As we took the cable car across, up and over hundreds of meters I was enthralled as during the movie Avatar, which was filmed there.
I could share so many stories… but a picture is always better than a thousand words.
Sorry I didn’t share my experiences with you during the 3 weeks trip as I had originally intended, but to my surprise, Google, WordPress and Facebook are among many websites the Chinese government obstructs. Mind boggling, isn’t it, that a country so overwhelmingly impressive should still feel the need to control and restrict the flow of information?
Enjoy the rest of the weekend!