Entering via ipad over unstable connection. So brief, and typos.

Assumed China still censored / prevented access to Nexus. But it does not prevent access here.

The flight is long for me. I fatigue easily. But enjoying this trip.

Staying with in-laws. What sweet welcoming people.

Beijing air is acrid smoky thick. At least, wS yesterday.

Changchun is old big industrial city in Northeast. As different from, say, Hongkong as Detroit or Cleveland woul be from Miami.

People here have strong Manchurian or Mongolian roots. Tall robust ruddy complexion. Plain spoken, earthy sense of humor. No attitude.

Staying with in laws who live here. Thats why we are here. What sweet down to earth people. So welcoming.

Food here is comfort food. Nothing like Chinese food in US. Wheat based filled dumplings, pot stickers, heavy noodles, sauerkraut. Filling and full of flavor.

Changchung is smoky dusty smoggy. I think here its dust blown in from the Gobi desert. All of the street flowers and trees are covered with desert dust.

Folks get a kick out of my efforts at Mandarin via phrase generator app on iphone. The do understand my attempts, whic is funny. Because knowvIm bad at it.

All for now. More later. Going with the flow, real break from normal life. Not a vacation paradise. But I think Im liking it far mor than I would, say, Acapulco. I know I am.

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Comment by Sentient Biped on October 20, 2013 at 2:38am
Yesterday we left Changchun. That was the family visit. So welcoming and warm. This has been my favorite trip by far, to China.

The next few days are more in tourist mode. now we are in Xi'an. Pronounce "She Ahn". this is the first imperial capital of A united China, over 2000 years old. We went to the emperor's tomb - the terra cotta army. its so interesting for me.

Xi'an is mush further aouth than Changchun. Warmer. Still a layer of powerdered desert dirt on everything.

the. oodles here are wide flat noodls. More of a spicy base. Still lots of food smells on the street. Stands with jujubes, persimmons, pomegranites, oranges. Those are dusty too.

Xi'an has a big muslim quarter. We are going to that tonight.

ALso visited hhe place where Chang Kai Shek eas held captive. Very interesting.

I tire badly but there is plenty of time to rest. Would not miss this experimce,
Comment by Patricia on October 18, 2013 at 1:27am

Sounds like a marvelous trip so far Sentient. Am enjoying your commentary.

Comment by Sentient Biped on October 17, 2013 at 9:53pm
Thsnk you Joan. I hope you are doing a bit better....!

I plan to upload a few photos on return. Pictures say more than words.

I wanted to show Ning's grandnephews the cat's cradle I learned when I was little. Probably haven't done that in 40 years. Memory is an amazing thing - got it first try. Older sister saw me - she learned same thing in a Chinese village 60 years ago. Such a small world.
Comment by Joan Denoo on October 17, 2013 at 2:10am
Love your commentary. Rest well. Thinking of you.
Comment by Sentient Biped on October 17, 2013 at 1:21am
Thanks for reading and the comments!

Joan there is a lot of meat but i do fine as a vegetarian. there are a lot of eggs. I wish I could identify the predominant flavoring. Maybe 5 spice. Seems like star anise is part of it.

The clivias are tropical, so raised as a houseplant. in that role they are pretty rugged. We grow them at home too.

Dennis the pollution is bad in this area. There seems to be a move to improve air quality but that has a long way to go. the other thing is cigarette smoking,n China has 1/3 of all smokers. The smoke us everywhere. If you have asthma this would not be a comfortable place to be.

Yesterday we went to a hot springs spa. i thing they are trying to heal me. :) it was nice. the road was very very bumpy. Some was just rubble.

watching out of the cR there were quite a few vegetable garsens. No flowers. Quite drab. it would have to be a tough plant to survive this area. The tree leaves are covered with dust. the vegetable patches seem to have mostly big cabbages, big onions, potatoes. Its a hard life in ghe countryside.

We went to cemetery in Jalin to pay homage to my partners' parents. The cemetery was colorful. When i return home I plan to upload some pics.

now to nap. Even riding in the car can tire me out.
Comment by Joan Denoo on October 16, 2013 at 1:58pm

I found this by Googling Clivias. Seems they need frost protection. 

Comment by Michael Penn on October 16, 2013 at 12:53pm

Interesting. I think the biggest problems you will have over there is the air and smog generated from nobody doing anything about air quality.

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 16, 2013 at 12:20pm

Interesting posts Sentient.

Comment by k.h. ky on October 15, 2013 at 11:39pm

enjoy yourself and get some rest.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 15, 2013 at 10:19pm
Thank you so much for your fine reporting. Happy to learn your partner's family welcome you warmly. Interesting foods; I enjoyed those type dishes while in China and the people were so gracious to me. I ate lots of peanuts and deep fried eggs while there, in all parts of China from south to north. Do they eat much meat? or eggs? Do they garden (vegetable)? From looking at Google Earth, Changchung looks heavily populated, and I see the dust source to the west. Love your description of communication. Healthy travels!

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