There have been times on this trip, as well as all other trips, when I couldn’t remember what day it was. Yesterday seemed like a weekday yet it was a Saturday. However, maybe that’s what happens when on holiday; one is supposed to relax and not think about time or days of the week. In the past three days we have covered three countries. It’s a wonder I haven’t lost my mind completely, especially after Saturdays travels. But let me tell you about the rest of our China trip first then on to Malaysia.
Our voyage through China was an eye opener for both of us really, though Rick moreso than I since I had been before. The rural parts of China seemed very backwards as seen from the opening picture with women doing laundry in the water at the docks. While large cities (which run 27+ million) there seems to be huge leaps forward in technological advancement, 5 star modernity in gorgeous hotels, cameras on streets, and cell phone usage etc. There is more freedom, and freedom in thinking amongst the young. China is moving forward at a rapid pace, no longer seen as a total third world country. Yes, there are discrepancies between the rural and the cities; backwards vs. forwards, and maybe there always will be. However, if one looks at the US, there are parts of the country which are seen as backwards as well; hillbillies and the such. China is no longer an unreached country but one which should be embraced for the beauty it holds in land and people.
What I find is most fascinating in life is people. One can learn so much just by observing ordinary life and how people go about it. I loved watching children and old people. It seemed the grandparents tended to a lot of the small children on our journey. The aged are honored and considered wise in China, therefore they are to be respected and treated as such.
There were three big events we went to while on tour. One was an operatic play of the Tang Dynasty, another to a Peking Duck dinner, and then to a performance of opera, story, and dance. All were fascinating with Rick capturing a few on video. Click on each video and it should start right away.
The cutting of the Peking Duck and presentation was my favorite; not solely to look at but to eat. I think I and another at our table ate most of this deliciousness. It is said that the chef cuts the duck into 108 pieces all containing a piece of the crispy skin. It had the most unusual flavor which was very addictive; a savory which hit all the right taste buds.
Everything, everywhere, and everyone in this beautiful land captured my heart. I loved the diversity of it all, from the crew on the ship, our guide (Bill), the hawkers in the markets, strangers on the street who came alive with a simple Ni Hao (hello) and a smile, to the staff in the 5 star hotels. Children loved it when I stopped to click pictures of them… simply adorable. For now, this is the end of this post. The next will be a conglomeration of remaining pictures of China before moving on to Malaysia and Australia. Enjoy!