RACHEL'S RUMINATIONS!

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Fatalism

As we left Yangshuo (fantastical landforms, bamboo rafts on rivers, lovely ecolodge, Chinese cooking class) on our way to Guilin to catch the night train for Guangzhou so we could … Continue reading

August 29, 2010 · 1 Comment

Chinese Business Opportunities

Here are three hot business opportunities for anyone entrepreneurial enough to take them. I’m not taking them because I’m an idea person, not an entrepreneur. Beds: More and more Western tourists … Continue reading

August 20, 2010 · 1 Comment

Random Notes

 For those of you who might be wondering how we’re doing, I’ll describe a few things that we’ve done or that have happened to us. Accommodations: We pre-booked all of … Continue reading

August 15, 2010 · 1 Comment

Chinese Tourists

Everywhere we’ve gone so far, there have been very few foreign tourists like us. Most of the tourists — and in some places all of the tourists — are Chinese. … Continue reading

August 12, 2010 · Leave a comment

Cleanliness and Filth

I’m puzzled by Chinese attitudes toward cleanliness. The cities we’ve seen so far: Beijing, Chengde, Datong, Pingyao and where we are now, Hancheng, are dirty, loud, crowded places. People spit … Continue reading

August 9, 2010 · 3 Comments

The Hanging Monastery

  The Hanging Monastery I thought you might be interested in something we visited yesterday: the hanging monastery outside of Datong. It is breathtakingly beautiful, yet also, in a way, … Continue reading

August 6, 2010 · 1 Comment

Intercultural Understanding and Chinese Beds

When I started teaching a class in intercultural communication this past year at the teacher training college, I didn’t actually know anything about it. Or rather, I didn’t know any … Continue reading

August 6, 2010 · 1 Comment

Conspicuous Consumption

    the middle section of the Forbidden City In my last entry, I mentioned how it seemed to me that the Chinese have wholeheartedly embraced conspicuous consumption. Visiting the … Continue reading

August 3, 2010 · Leave a comment

Impressions of Beijing

I read quite a bit in guidebooks about Beijing before we came here. Much of what we read was true, but a lot of what I’ve seen (and it’s only … Continue reading

August 1, 2010 · 1 Comment