When you think you have run out of things to write, say or show about China, just go for a walk. (Ed. note: That’s what I did today, but before I tell you all about that let me express my stunned reaction to you. Either you don’t carefully read what we write or you have come to accept what we see as no big deal. I am referring, of course, to the last word in the first sentence of the last posting and the fact that no one reacted or commented. I could not believe it.)
Anyway today. It started with me watching a woman retrace her steps. She was doing it as I passed by on my way to the ATM – about 75 yards away. She was still doing it when I came back about five minutes later. What do I mean by retracing her steps, you ask. Well, she was walking backwards about 50 paces and then turning around and walking back backwards. Now this may just be exercise, but even in China it stands out as just plain weird.
From there it was on to the office. Apparently Terry has concerns that I am spending too much time at the office and also that since returning to Jiaxing, I have given up my long, daily walks. As a result she got in touch with them and asked that they start playing Christmas carols all day, every day. One can only listen to The Twelve Days of Christmas so many times over the space of four hours, so I was forced into leaving and going for a walk. Could be a long two months!
Many of you have visited exclusive golf courses in the US, particularly in and around Palm Springs – this would fit right in, don’t you think.
Welcome to the brand new Jiaxing Doubletree by Hilton
Once over the bridge, you are properly welcomed.
The lobby is huge, complete with a well-stocked and well-appointed bar. The only thing missing is – people.
Hey – maybe they are all downstairs in one of the two restaurants.
Oh well, I was was too busy to talk anyway. I wandered through the construction site next door – yes right through the site. No hard hat, no work boats, no safety vest, no problem.
This fellow seemed a little disconcerted by my presence – but most likely because I took his photo than anything else. And, if he’s not wearing a hard hat, why should I?
These guys were busy on the next construction site.
Across the bridge I walked. This is frequently seen in Jiaxing and throughout China. Just because you are on a sidewalk leading to the downtown core, doesn’t necessarily mean it will get you there.
One of the nice things about walking in our neighbourhood is that because our buildings are so tall, you can always see them and get your bearings from them.
I had this left over from a trip we took to rural France awhile ago, so I thought I would throw it in.
And just after I took that one, I came across this. I’m no arborist, but I can’t imagine that this is good for the roots.
Finally, if this guy gets wherever he is going without losing that load, I would be stunned.
Sorry folks, running low on shoe photos. This was taken across the train station so it is a little pixellated, but you get the idea.