8 February 2012

Around the World in 80 Words - China!

Stay At Home Dad started a very interesting Linky - Around the World in 80 words and this is my contribution.  He has already started another one - Around the World in 80 Words #2 for the town in which he lives.  Is it any wonder it's impossible to keep up?

I went to China once. The whole tour thing – pre chucking-people-out-of-their- homes-for-the-Olympics time.

The food was awful.  Beijng was busy. The Terracotta soldiers were ENORMOUS. The art was incredible. The weather? Fab.

School childrens’ ‘special talents’ were identified at age three and ‘encouraged’ with an extra ‘few’ lessons per week, be it the violin, calligraphy, ANYTHING.

I stood in Tianenmen Square where hundreds / thousands of people were massacred in 1989.

Would I ever go again?  I’d really rather not.  

Not to mention The Great Wall to keep the Mongolians out - supposedly visible from Space, which is probably somewhere preferable!


  1. I've never fancied going to China. My best friend did and she said the food wasnt very good at all - and she's a vegetarian! There are some good things to come out of China though, obviously not human rights, like Tai Chi!

  2. Yes and their medicine is wonderful - we're about 4000 years behind them!

  3. Dr B's been twice. Once by choice, and she said it was a tough place to go. Another time by accident when a typhoon prevented her from entering Hong Kong.
    I would go tomorrow. At the drop of a hat. An interesting place but, I guess, your job as the head of Chinese Tourism isn't secured. Yet.

    Thanks for taking part. And remember,you can do more than 1.

  4. I think it is an interesting place to go. Whether you would go again, is the question! I am glad I did it and enjoyed taking part in your Linky.

  5. Hey, I've never been to China, but we did go to Cuba, which is about as exotic as my life gets. I had very conflicting experiences of the place. On the one hand, great music, lovely people, on the other, witnesing the horrible impact of sanctions, shattered ideals, food poisoning etc... oops, hang on, i think i should probably be writing this up as part of the linky ... off she goes x

  6. China hasn't ever really been in my wish list. I have been to Hong Kong which was good but met some backpackers on my rtw trip many years ago who had so many horror stories about china it put me off. Would like to see some of the scenery though.

  7. Hello FTC. Nice to see you hear. Would love to hear your take on Cuba. You've cetainly made a compelling start. Do let me know if you join the Linky!

  8. Hello Rollercoaster Mum. The scenery is awesome - so vast a place obviously has the best chance to offer variety of landscapes, but what the people have done and built - temple after temple - would be difficult to match. We stopped at HK on return and it was a pleasant return to relative civility!