Hello Kathmandu, Nepal
6.6.11 - 6.15.11 30 °C
After 15 days in China, we visited 6 cities – Nanning, Kunming, Chengdu, Leshan, Emeishan, Jiuzhaigou. The first three being metropolitan developed cities, while the latter 3 being less developed but touristy spots.
Leshan - famous for its huge riverside cliff-carving of Buddha.
Emeishan was a spiritual experience. We went up to 10,000ft to witness this Buddha that is known to have a golden glow to it during sunrise.
Jiuzhaigou elevation 8,000ft - is a valley surrounded by hella mountains with pristine clear lakes. One was called the 5-colored lake where there were various shades of green and blue. Beautiful - words can’t describe the experience.
It was an interesting experience overall being here in China for me. For once, I was surrounded by people who was of my ethnicity. I blended in here. I thought about how life would have been if I grew up here and how I would be part of the majority. Then I thought I am part of the majority. There are billions of Chinese people in China and across the world, but because of white supremacy it was hard for me to imagine til now. It was a nice feeling to be able to blend in for once. The only problem was again, I couldn’t communicate. They all spoke Mandarin or some dialect of it. They would all turn to me to talk but would be shock when I couldn’t respond back. I can’t wait to go to Guangdong and Hong Kong where they speak Cantonese. Then I’ll really be “at home.”
Talk about China and their censorship issues. Well the US does very similar things, the propaganda we are inundated widely with in the news and cultural media is pretty misogynist (male), racist (white), classist (rich), ablest (able bodied) you know I could go on and on. What are the things we don't hear about or see? Also, did you know that China is the creeping up to Japan as the second largest economy to the US? Craziness.
The transportation is pretty interesting as well. You know in the states cars rule the road, here in China its the buses. Buses be weaving in/out of lanes cutting off cars, people, motos, anything that in its way.
Anyway, we’re leaving China tomorrow because it is too expensive to stay for much longer. And we will be returning to the Eastern part of China when my parents visits in September.
Next stop – Kathmandu, Nepal for a week or so to get our Indian visas, then to New Delhi. Hope their internet is better there. Wish us safety and luck.