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China and US: Brian's Slideshow

Friday, December 07, 2012 - 12:00 PM

Brian recently visited China on a trip for journalists sponsored by the Committee Of 100. He and his fellow travelers will be posting reflections on the blog over the next week.

Your host on the Great Wall.

Solar panels not producing much energy in the rain at the Wanxiang Electric Vehicle Company headquarters. In the background, an example of how most people in China's cities, like Hangzhou shown here, live in high rise apartment buildings. Private homes are almost non-existent. I have now been to China and it turns out to be Co-op City!

A sign in the Yu Garden in Shanghai. Mildness strikes me as a positive Confucian value that refers to moderation. Here, such a place would probably be dismissed as the Hall of Milquetoast.

People in Beijing know where the car door is going to open, too. But they line up in an orderly fashion, even ten deep. This doesn't happen on the #6 train!

You can see some of the amazing detailing on this building in the Forbidden City.

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They have only Chinese inside but English title translations on the cover. I was surprised at the amount of English in Beijing and Shanghai.

The tanks have been gone for 23 years but for a first time visitor, just standing in Tiananmen square is an eerie experience. The national history museum stands in the background. I didn't have time to go see if it even mentions the massacre.

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Comments [3]

Edward Peters from Queens NY

Dear Show re Dec 10 2012 swho guest, Brian Cambell,
His book reminded me of a former English professor I had who told of his stay (pre-Tianamin ) as a visiting professor at Peking University. Particularly the professor's recollection of while there, hearing his own song which had become a number one hit playing from the radios attached to bicycles. He added that he never saw any royalties.
HArry Stoneback PHD. should Mr Cambell be intersted

Dec. 10 2012 01:30 PM
Alexis from Fort Greene

Awesome shots Brian!
Post some pics of the food and revelry too.
(glad you're back home ;)

Dec. 07 2012 07:00 PM

Great shot ! One of my favorite things about the Great Wall are the drink vendors. They hike up many flights of stairs to sell drinks... sometimes with small fridges strapped to their back.

Dec. 07 2012 04:42 PM

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