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OK OK OK. I haven’t posted anything since my little rant out about some of the problems we’ve faced in China. Kelly has been on me to do it and I’ve wanted to, if only to let you know that no, I really don’t have the Chinese…or China. In fact, I quite like China. If you were to ask me now that if you could choose one country to visit, which would it be? I’d say…

New Zealand

But then if you were to ask me again, saying you had already seen New Zealand. Well then, I’d say you should go to China.

Tim, Kelly, Dad, Mom at Great Wall

Tim, Kelly, Dad, Mom at Great Wall

China is BIG. China is impressive. China has the Great Wall. China has the Forbidden City. China has the Terracotta Warriors, walled cities, Tibetan people and Tianamen Square. China has great beer for $1. China has four thousand years of history. 4000 freaking years! China has wonderful food, lots of different stuff from the spicy Sichuan and Hunan food to the fatty and crisp Peking duck and all of it is had at a bargin. Also, China is just freaking loaded with people.

I mean, there are people EVERYWHERE. And they are all trying to be first to do something or see the most famous thing or eat at the most famous restaurant or, well, I don’t want to break this down into a rant. You have to ignore that. Don’t go to the most famous site or restaurant. Just walk across the street to the local restaurant where you see a few people. It’ll probably be very good.

And remember, the Chinese were never taught manners. No really. It has never been a part of their society until recently, when middle class parents decided that they wanted their kids to fit in with other Western cultures. Nobody told them “Hey! Don’t talk with your mouth full! Wipe your hands! Let the old lady through!” So you can’t really get mad at them. This is a country that up until a few years ago, belonged in the 3rd world. If you didn’t reach in and grab that food, you might not get any. Your family might not get any. You do what you have to do.

So follow along. There’s a lot more to our journey here than pushing and shoving.

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