I should have done this after the last of my Alaska posts but didn’t think about it at the time. I’ll probably go back and recap that trip too.
China was amazing. Yes there are major difference in culture and language but I didn’t go there to see what I was accustomed to at home. I went to learn and experience a new place, to eat new foods and see new things. I did. Did I like all the food? No, but some of it was fantastic (I’m looking at you Peking duck).
Is all of their cultural history clean and pretty? Definitely not, they had wars and emperors and conquerors. Ours history is just as ruthless theirs just goes a lot farther back in time. Many parts of China are covered in smog but the bright light at night hold their own beauty. And the countryside? Gorgeous, I’m just sad that I didn’t get to see more of it.
Despite the 14 hour plane flight from Dallas to Beijing and the 14 flight home from Shanghai I would go back in a second. There are so many more things to do and to see. So many more stories to learn and to share. I’m glad that I went and I’ll someday visit everywhere else.
Have you been to China? What did you think? If you haven’t been, what do you want to see most?