Well, if i was saying before that i hadn’t really had a culture shock…i definately have now! I landed in Chengdu (right in the middle of China) yesterday morning…and it’s been a pretty interesting experience so far!
The Chinese culture is certainly very different to mine, and a lot of the time it can be hard to think that people are not being rude! There is a lot of staring, but without the smiles of Myanmar and Thailand that i’m so used to, and love so much! There’s also a lot of Chinese! Not people, but language…people talk away to me in Chinese and when i make signs of not understanding…they just continue, but a bit slower and a bit louder. I can kind of understand this (not the Chinese, but the attitude!). It makes me think of American’s that you see in films shouting at foreigners “do you speak English? Where is the hotel?” etc etc…when the person obviously has no ability to understand!
Anyhow…it’s been interesting but pretty cool. Chengdu is not at all what i expected. It’s very developed and very clean! I went to visit a panda breeding centre this morning which was quite interesting. Unfortunately if felt much more like a zoo than i expected, and when i saw one of the young pandas being dragged out of it’s cage to be sat on someone’s knee, before being carried and literally thrown back in (not soaring through the air cause they’re quite heavy…but not placed down gently!), i got a little worried. Add to this 50 chinese tourists pushing, shouting and snapping pictures with their flashes blazing…despite signs telling people to keep quiet and not take pics with the flashes on!
Off to take some night pics of the city which will hopefully be cool…then going to see the biggest Buddha statue in the world tomorrow!!! Bring on the Buddha!!