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Old Jan 7, 2011, 10:15 AM   #11
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Thank you Frank - glad you enjoyed them !
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nice captures, I like how the colour pops out against the dull sky, the little girl in the last photo looks very cute
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Last month when I was in SE Asia, I saw people all bundle up when it was 20c. But 0c is pretty cold for that area.
Funny thing about such a collectivist culture - they largely don't turn on the heaters and wear warm clothes until winter is officially there. At that point they bundle up as if heading into the arctic and wear at least 3 layers every day until the day that it is officially no longer cold.

I used to live in far northern China (Changchun) where winters get down to 40 below. One rather cool day in which it was somewhat early in the year to be a cool day I was wearing my warm hat. I was informed by some Chinese college students that, "In China we only wear this kind of hat in the winter." I promptly responded with, "In America we wear this kind of hat when it's cold."

All the radiators came on in our city on the day that the government dictated that they should come on.

I was not a big fan of Shanghai. I didn't find it nearly as interesting a place as Beijing, Nanjing or Xi'an.

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that is funny. yeah, collective thinking allot of time does not make sense.
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Funny thing about such a collectivist culture - they largely don't turn on the heaters and wear warm clothes until winter is officially there. At that point they bundle up as if heading into the arctic and wear at least 3 layers every day until the day that it is officially no longer cold.

I used to live in far northern China (Changchun) where winters get down to 40 below. One rather cool day in which it was somewhat early in the year to be a cool day I was wearing my warm hat. I was informed by some Chinese college students that, "In China we only wear this kind of hat in the winter." I promptly responded with, "In America we wear this kind of hat when it's cold."

All the radiators came on in our city on the day that the government dictated that they should come on.

I was not a big fan of Shanghai. I didn't find it nearly as interesting a place as Beijing, Nanjing or Xi'an.

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It is a funny thing about Western expats (or are from HK, Sing, Taiwan etc.) living in China, those that come here and live in Shanghai tend to love Shanghai and don't like Beijing at all (great as a tourist city but I'd hate to live there - same goes for the other Northern cities), and those that go to the Northern cities much prefer Beijing and don't like Shanghai. It's strange.

Nanjing & Xi'an are OK as tourists, though Nanjing is not bad at all all year round I'd never live in Xi'an. Shanghai though is a hugely interesting place if you come here and have a knowledgeable guide. So much to see and so much to do. Purely as a tourist though - Beijing is the one place you can't miss and have to go to.
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It is a funny thing about Western expats (or are from HK, Sing, Taiwan etc.) living in China, those that come here and live in Shanghai tend to love Shanghai and don't like Beijing at all (great as a tourist city but I'd hate to live there - same goes for the other Northern cities), and those that go to the Northern cities much prefer Beijing and don't like Shanghai. It's strange.

Nanjing & Xi'an are OK as tourists, though Nanjing is not bad at all all year round I'd never live in Xi'an. Shanghai though is a hugely interesting place if you come here and have a knowledgeable guide. So much to see and so much to do. Purely as a tourist though - Beijing is the one place you can't miss and have to go to.
Yeah, I would not want to live in Xi'an either. Actually I didn't even stay there one night so my inclusion of Xi'an with the others probably wasn't fair. My buddy and I hopped on a night train to Xi'an, stayed the whole day, and then took a night train back to Beijing where where we'd set up camp for a week or so.

I admit that I did not have a tour guide in Shanghai (nor did I have a guide in the other places that I've visited in China) and I have spent much more time in Beijing (since it was only a night train ride away from where I lived in Changchun). It just seemed like in Beijing you couldn't help but find place after place that was extremely old and deeply historical. You could just walk around and stumble upon these places without even trying, whereas I did not find that to be the case in Shanghai. Also, Shanghai was a bastion of modernity compared to the rest of China at the time that I visited that city about 10 years ago and that was far less interesting to me.

I did enjoy living in Changchun. Kind of a unique place among Chinese cities IMO.

Perhaps I will give Shanghai another chance some day. The last time I visited China since leaving it as a resident was in 2007 and I didn't make it any further north than Hong Kong at that time.

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