My passport has three stamps — Australia, Hong Kong, China — but I’ve been to far many more countries in the past two months.
My main mission in coming to China was to understand China. And in these Aabservations, I’ve made a series of vast generalizations, stereotypes as it were, about what China is and isn’t. But to make one more generalization, China isn’t 1 country, and I’m not talking about the Taiwan issue. Even within Chengdu, people live tremendously different lives. Get out a bit, take a train overnight and jump on a bus for three or four hours, and you end up in a different world entirely.
The weekend before I left for Australia I visited my friend Ben down in Liangshan. Continue reading