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.......
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.
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!