Here’s a miscellaneous montage of some of China’s people who I captured with my camera.
People are people the world over.
There are 56 nationalities in China; the Han comprise 92% of the population of 1.4B. Christians comprise 2% of population. Communist Party members 6%.
The two major rivers in China are the Yellow, in the north and the Yangtze, in the south.
There were 500 emperors who reigned in China; 83 of them lived in Xian (surrounded on three sides by mountains and one side by the Yellow River). Continue reading
Getting a later and later start in the mornings – winding down I guess. My left knee is still bothering me from the escalator gyrations I’ve been doing. When I walk it loosens up a bit, but when I sit for a while and then get up, it’s a killer.
The weather is not so bad – not nearly what we had thought it was going to be. A little overcast, but at least not raining, so we decided to postpone the History Museum and instead enjoy the outdoors. Hot and humid though. I did not wear my trusty travel vest today – way too hot.
After a short walk from the Conrad, we toured Hong Kong Park. Very lovely and serene, even amidst the skyscrapers that ring the park. Two peaceful lakes with a path in between cut through the middle of the park. In the picture on the left, you can see the building designed by the famous architect I.M. Pei.
The first stop this morning was going to be the Shanghai Museum, but when the driver pulled up, the line to get in was miles long, so we went to the Jinmao Tower first instead. It’s in the Pudong area on the east side of the river. The van went under a really long tunnel under the Huangpu River to get there. Not crowded and the day was clear – probably the best day we’ve had. Jinmao Tower is designed as a modern adaptation of a traditional Chinese pagoda. It has 13 distinct tapering segments, with high-tech steel bands binding the glass like an exoskeleton. We zipped up to the 88th floor on a very fast elevator (45 seconds to the top) – my ears popped a couple of times. The view from the top is pretty spectacular. Continue reading
I’m still pretty sick with my cold and sore throat. Glad I brought some Sudafed and Mucinex with me! I hope I have enough. I only brought a couple of nights of NyQuil, so I know I’m going to run out of that. I’m also going to run out of throat lozenges. Trying to communicate in a pharmacy here is going to be tough if I have to get more cold meds.
There’s lots of smog today and very overcast. At least there’s no rain. Continue reading