Population: 1.34 million
Our plane landed on a cold (as in 12 degrees), overcast afternoon and presented us to China. It wasn’t a formal introduction. We collected our baggage, found our “tour-guide” (our brother-in-law), and took our first Chinese taxi. We were in China.
We drove from the airport to a restaurant and had our first Chinese meal: sweet and sour pork, taro-cakes, stir-fry, fried egg-plant, fried greens, and tea. (In China they fry everything…in lots of oil…to the point of extinction. Even the greens.) Then we took another taxi to the bus-station. Our first taxi-driver had decided, very nicely, to wait for us. Due to limited street-parking, he just drove the taxi, full of our gear, onto the sidewalk. The Chinese have lots of ingenuity.
|The First Bus Trip|
|Yes, we are standing on the road, not at the side.|