Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Good bye Shanghai, hello Hangzhou!
It isn’t until we turn away from the highway between Shanghai & Hangzhou that we drift towards Anji county & rolling hills of waving bamboo forests. I wished I could listen to the sound of the wind playing in the bamboo. I grew up with that sound as a child and it brings back memories of childhood days when there was no concern except to get out of having to take a nap.
My hosts are young, college educated Chinese who speak English with a fluency that shames me with my halting Mandarin. An older middle aged man, is either the owner or the driver, depends on the cut of the suit.
This is a small town that does not have a McDonalds or KFC, which they consider a treat. So we eat lunch at a small, unheated restaurant. It’s in the 30-40s, not uncomfortable, but I see my breath. So I look forward to tea. No one takes off their jackets; it’s just the normal thing for them.
I ordered a bento box special, I thought I ordered fish, but it was a really chewy eel. Technically, an eel is a fish, so I guess I did order fish. I ate it, can’t be rude, it just isn’t in my nature. And I must be a good actor because they inevitably smile and give me more.
The drive to Hangzhou takes too long as well, trucks clog up the highway. Highways in China are toll roads with controlled exits. There are truck stops/rest areas. But there are so many trucks waiting to gas up that the line snakes into the right lane of the highway.
I have to find the video where we’re in a tunnel & my driver acts like he’s trying out for Nascar. But he must have seen my camera cuz he slowed down, but you can see when I swing the camera to the side, he’s awfully close to the car next to us! I’ll put it on flickr when I find it.
I'm trying to show you the details, it is detailed relief, I tried to get as close to a section as I could.