Oh, Oh, Forgot to Give this a Title

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.

The Grand Entrance

The Grand Entrance

Welcome to the brand new Jiaxing Doubletree by Hilton

Well, fit right in if they got rid of the four huge rusty pipes coming out of the canal.

Well, it would fit right in if they got rid of the four huge rusty pipes coming out of the canal.

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.

Booze, booze and not a throat to quench.

Booze, booze and not a throat to quench.

Hey – maybe they are all downstairs in one of the two restaurants.

Uh, nope.

Uh, nope.

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.

Drop 'em in, move 'em out...

Drop ’em in, move ’em out…

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.

Look up Rusty, Look Wayyy up.

“Look up Rusty, look waaayyy up. See the nice men unattached on the scaffolding, Jerome?” “Hope they don’t fall, Friendly.”

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.

My question - what happened to the blind guide?

My question – what happened to the blind guide? I guess they know better than to take this bridge.

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.

Well ALMOST see them. This was taken from just under 1 km away. Little smoggy today.

Well ALMOST see them. This was taken from just under 1 km away. Little smoggy today.

I had this left over from a trip we took to rural France awhile ago, so I thought I would throw it in.

No wait, this was today in Jiaxing.

No wait, this was today in Jiaxing.

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.

They were digging up the blocks of the sidewalk for some reason. Oh well, if the trees die, they will just bring in new ones. Maybe that's the idea.

Two guys were digging up the blocks of the sidewalk for some reason. Oh well, if the trees die, they will just bring in new ones. Maybe that’s the idea.

Finally, if this guy gets wherever he is going without losing that load, I would be stunned.

With a wing and a prayer...

With a wing and a prayer…

The Shoe

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.

These heels were absolutely no thicker than a pencil.

These heels were absolutely no thicker than a pencil.

6 thoughts on “Oh, Oh, Forgot to Give this a Title

  1. Al and Paddy Wood

    Morning Geoff and Terry. Sorry you are disappointed we didn’t react to the dog stew reference. In my own defense and being a dedicated dog lover, I have heard about the Chinese eating dogs for so long I have just filed it away as a joke. To think otherwise is more than disgusting.
    I am really enjoying your blogs, thanks.
    Paddy

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  2. Sue Solberg

    I was aware of the dog issue although, I thought it was mostly Korea who indulged. I probably wouldn’t eat any meat there unless I could easily define it, ie shrimp. I did exclaim, “ew, close call” whilst reading it. I can see Geoff, why you finally succumbed to eating greens. You may have starved otherwise.

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  3. Val Goodridge

    I thought it was just apartments they were building for imaginary people but I now see it is hotels too. Looked like the place wasn’t really open. There doesn’t seem to be any staff either. Loved the Bellagio style fountains though.

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  4. lois marsden

    We knew about the dog menu also…took a creative writing years ago and the professor had worked in China for years. Great stories of his kids saving frogs and dogs from the markets but they also avoided eating the doggies.

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  5. khaycock

    I refuse to pander to your need for recognition (perhaps I recognize it too well) but I must say that the photographs are fabulous!

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  6. Joan Hendrcks

    Geoff and Terry. . I’m now up to date on all your posts. Love reading them when Dennis is cooking and I’m drinking wine.

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