Yesterday I flew back from Shanghai

That´s a sentence that one can´t write that often. Thinking about the last time I was in China, and this time, and how extraordinary the way things have gone in the past forty odd years – for China, and for me. In 1972 I felt privileged because we got a complete guided tour of the society and we were treated like celebrities, really, everywhere we went: not celebrities, but I mean we were shown round, and got to ask questions of everyone who was running the hospitals, the factories, the revolutionary committees on the housing estates, getting a complete guided tour of the society.
Once again I feel very privileged, privileged for having this wonderful chance to travel and be here for a long time, for having much more holiday than people are entitled to here, whereas this time it´s all inside out. This time I´m here just as one of the many tourists, and without speaking Chinese, having no “in” on what´s going on around me at all. So it´s a complete mystery to me what people feel and how they think now about how things are. It certainly is to me, to see this whole society bundling on with huge apartment blocks and people living in the old bits, the same hardworking individual poverty from time immemorial, not a squeak of any kind of overarching thought about it visibleView from my son´s flat – the old and the new, Shanghai, 2014 from the outside to me.

Author: spanglishrose

love my life in Gijón, Asturias, Spain, in the slow lane, but connected to the world through the marvel of technology

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