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My First Blog from Abroad!

After 2 weeks of travelling throughout mainly southern China, I can FINALLY blog freely! Unfortunately, I forget one minor detail about China…most blogs are blocked; therefore, I was unable to blog about anything from China. Believe me, I had a lot to blog about.

I am not going to bore you with an entry about all my blog-worthy thoughts from my China experiences. Instead, I will give you a crash course on what I learned during my sixth and most recent adventure to China. Although I have traveled to China several times, I always have something new to learn and gain from my experiences. I hope that some of the following bullet points can help you in some way or another if you are to ever to travel to China. =)

– A four-star hotel in the mountainous vacation regions in China means no elevators in high elevation, a shower head but no bathtub, and a wake-up call consisting of 3 pounds on your door and a loud shriek.

– China makes it seem that all Tibetans apparently know how to dance, sing in Chinese and Tibetan, and love to wear Tibetan garments for tourism purposes.

– You can book a cheap hotel with complimentary rides to and from the airport right after you retreive your baggage. And if you strategize your conversation carefully, you will not get ripped off but pay an extremely decent price for a nice hotel.

– According to my uncle, it is perfectly fine to park on the freeway to gaze at the scenery. That’s because there is no sign indicated that you CAN’T park on the freeway.

– It is also ok to walk on the freeway with your wooden carts.

– Another freeway fact: If traveling in a large group with multiple cars, it is perfectly fine to wait for the other vehicles in your traveling group to arrive on the side of the freeway by the tollbooths.

– People of “ethnic minority” descent in China are permitted to have more than one child if, and ONLY if, they live in the countryside and are married to someone of the same ethnic descent. Go figure…

– Chinese like U.S. cars because they are heavier and because they are heavier than Japanese cars, they must be safer.

-Britney Spears would not have been criticized for this in China. It is perfectly fine to carry a child on your lap in the front seat, or while driving.

– You can leave your 2-year-old in your car by him or herself…at night….with the keys in the ignition.

– Your Mandarin will not improve if you listen to two different southern Chinese dialects for two weeks. In fact, your Mandarin will because tonally impaired.

– You can strike a deal with anyone about almost anything in China, including overweight baggage fees at the airport.

– A foreigner can get away with living in a no-star hotel for the best deal possible if you initiate conversation in somewhat decent Mandarin and if you look somewhat Asian.

Update: I really need a good night’s sleep. I arrived in Japan yesterday morning and I realized that I have flown a total of 9 times in the past 2 weeks…

1) September 18: San Francisco to Tokyo-Narita

2) September 19: Tokyo-Narita to Guangzhou

3) September 20: Guangzhou to Chengdu, Sichuan

4) September 22: Chengdu, Sichuan to Jiuzhaigou, Sichuan

5) September 24: Jiuzhaigou, Sichuan back to Chengdu, Sichuan

6) September 25: Chengdu, Sichuan to Guiyang, Guizhou

7) September 29: Guiyang, Guizhou to Changsha, Hunan

8) October 2: Changsha, Hunan to Shanghai [by myself!]

9) October 3: Shanghai to Tokyo-Haneda [by myself!]

I am pooped. Oyasumi nasai! Good night!


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