Sunday, January 17, 2010

China - A Country In Constant Metamorphosis

We've just gotten back from a 1 week business trip to China, a country that is in a state of constant change. With a population numbering in the billions, there is continual building going on 24 hours a day. Huge construction projects are everywhere and giant cranes dot the skyline of every major city.

I thought I knew what China was all about before I went there. We all heard about communism in school. We were all taught what life was like for the billions living behind the iron curtain and none of it was good. That's what I expected to experience when we travelled there..........but it wasn't anything like that! China is experiencing a HUGE METAMORPHOSIS, bringing the country out of a severly repressive style of government into a more free market economy that encourages entrepreneurship and partnerships with international companies.



I am SO CONFUSED! China is just NOT what I expected.



Oh sure, there are still toilets like this.........

And factories like this.......



But take a closer look at the craftsmanship and pride the people take in their work.......

and you will find that we are all really very similar people in every way.


Just walk down the street and watch the vendors selling their bouquets of fresh cut flowers....



or stay a night in a 5 star Hotel that rivals the beauty of any 5 star hotel I've ever stayed in.....


Drive around the countryside and experience some of the ancient culture and architecture China has preserved for it's people.....


It will make you want to stop and re-think everything you every thought about China.



Over the last 20 years, ideologies appear to have shifted from that of pure communism to the acceptance of a strange mix of Western Capitalism and mild Communism.



Business has driven the economy and social change with a vengeance. Beautiful hotels abound in the big city, full of people from all walks of life who are busy sourcing product to send back to their home countries.

Factory owners work very, VERY hard to produce all their orders in a timely fashion and with a high quality product. Everything we buy in North America seems to be made in China. What would we do without this abundant source of products? Think about it? We would be hard pressed to produce it all locally. We just don't have the manpower or the infrastructure in North America.


Of course, North America has sent it's own very special products to entice the Chinese customers as well. Some things don't require translation.
A french fry tastes just as delicious in downtown Whenzhou as it does in downtown Langley!


These weary travellers were able to experience one final treat as we said goodbye to Chinese soil.....

a lunar eclipse lit the sky on fire as we waited to board our flight home. China is an unexpected place full of beauty and contrast that shines as brightly as the crescent moon.


If you ever get the chance to visit, make sure you check out the Hot Spring Spas in Guangzhou where you can get a 20 minute foot massage for under $5! You will also get to sit in assorted Hot Spring tubs infused with WINE or ROSES or VINEGAR or HERBS. There is even one tub where you can get your feet exfoliated by little fish that nibble away at your toes. That is one of the STRANGEST sensations on earth, TRUST ME!
Now make sure you stop by Between Naps on the Porch to check out all the other METAMORPHOSIS going out there in blog land. Just click the following link.

http://betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com/2010/01/welcome-to-53rd-metamorphosis-monday.html


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13 Responses to “China - A Country In Constant Metamorphosis”

Timmy said...

i'm still waiting for the pictures of christmas eve morning hockey... :)

Chandra said...

Neat! I thought you had been there before?

Having read some books and listened to our ministers who have travelled there, I think the Chinese Christians would give you a different viewpoint on China... :o)

Anonymous said...

China is very good at hiding the truth - don't be fooled.

Tamara Jansen said...

This is my dilemma, Mr/Ms Anonymous. Everyone says the same thing but on the surface, things appear to be changing.

Lynn said...

Loved your report on China. We were there 2 years ago. Check my blog list for my views on the country!

lynnandbarbiesbigasstriptochina.blogspot.com

Chandra said...

Replied to your comment on my blog. :o) I neglected to add what Anonymous said, but was going to say that as well.

Beth's Blog said...

It looks like you had fun! The hotels looked beautiful :)

Shelia said...

Hi Tamara! It's so nice to meet you! My goodness, a trip to China. How marvelous! You are just as cute as a button too.
Our cruise was from New York to Southampton, England - 7 days on the ocean. I would love to take a Mediterranean cruise. Have a wonderful time.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Anonymous said...

Please read up on China (restricted nation) Voice of the Martyrs website. Communism is anything but 'mild'. And pray hard for the persecuted there - the many many untold stories! It is one thing to travel - quite another to participate in Christian worship there.

Tamara Jansen said...

I want to apologize to anyone who might think I am minimizing the suffering of christians in China. I am only going on personal experience which is very limited. I do not mean to marginalize anyones suffering at the hand of a repressive regime.

We were able to attend a service in a church just a block from our hotel. It was a beautiful old building with doors and windows wide open. People streamed in for the 9 and the 11 am service. The Apostles Creed was recited, congregational singing of translated hymns was enthusiastic, the sermon on the Fall into Sin was translated into english on the spot. It did not appear that anyone felt themselves in any danger. Even our hotel suggested that this was an acceptable place to worship.

Outside we saw a group of 9 soldiers/police who passed by while doing their drills. No one seemed concerned.

Even at the airport and in the city, no one flinched when they saw our bible. In fact, they ignored it completely.

I will check out the website mentioned to see if I can find the answers to some of my questions such as "Is Christianity still a complete taboo in China or is there a certain amount of religious freedom?"

Thank you so much for joining in on my quest to understand better!

Tamara Jansen said...

http://www.epm.org/artman2/
publish/missions_china/
Is_there_still_persecution_of_
Christians_in_China_today.shtml

Sheds a little more light for me on the issue.

Rosa said...

Glad your back and I hope you are feeling better now!
Miss you. . .

Chandra said...

Wow Tamara, thanks for sharing that excellent link...that sounds a lot more in line with what I read in "Safely Home" and heard from our ministers here.