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I watched this last night and I must say I have changed my mental image of life in China. The part they were in was very modern and the society was well ordered (slim mainly and no tattoos) and the pensioners really active and well cared for. The trip to the Panda zoo was great viewing. It is worth a look see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcikueKhH4o The only downside is Miriam Margoyles is bleedin' awful.

I have got it in my mind to visit China now after seeing this. Mrs D has some way to go on accepting this as a viable holiday destination :lol:

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I was in China in the 90's and it seems to have changed enormously in the last 25 years. Back 'then' I stuck out like a sore thumb (being 6ft 2in and 16 stone meant I was bigger than any four or five of them individually!) and where I travelled the impression I got was typical of a westerners thought processes i.e. there really WAS hordes of them! Fcking millions of them! That was the over riding impression I took away - the sheer numbers were mind boggling!

The pace of change is equally astonishing.

I'd certainly be up for a re-visit if the opportunity arose so suggest you make definite plans DWD. You won't regret it (well, maybe the flight....)

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I watched this last night and I must say I have changed my mental image of life in China. The part they were in was very modern and the society was well ordered (slim mainly and no tattoos) and the pensioners really active and well cared for. The trip to the Panda zoo was great viewing. It is worth a look see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcikueKhH4o The only downside is Miriam Margoyles is bleedin' awful.

I have got it in my mind to visit China now after seeing this. Mrs D has some way to go on accepting this as a viable holiday destination :lol:

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I agree with everything you said and I too would like to visit but my wife on the other hand will take some convincing as she does not like her food ' mucked about with ' as she puts it. :dunno:

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I am also a fussy eater Mike and I would starve for two weeks. But all is not lost see https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restauran ... chuan.html Not sure it will convince Mrs Mike though :lol:

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dewaltdisney wrote:
I watched this last night and I must say I have changed my mental image of life in China. The part they were in was very modern and the society was well ordered (slim mainly and no tattoos) and the pensioners really active and well cared for. The trip to the Panda zoo was great viewing. It is worth a look see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcikueKhH4o The only downside is Miriam Margoyles is bleedin' awful.

I have got it in my mind to visit China now after seeing this. Mrs D has some way to go on accepting this as a viable holiday destination :lol:

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i live there. You and Mrs D are more than welcome to come and I'll show you around. I have been all over the place.

The place is nothing like what westerner people imagine

Edit: oh yes and the food is nothing like Chinese Food in the UK. Food is the center of the culture so a lot of important attached to it. A chinese menu can be 60 pages long and much more elaborate than a any UK dish.



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I did not realise you were actually living in China now Johnny. Thank you for the offer, if Mrs D changes her mind (doubtful) I will definitely ask for you help and advice.

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I did not realise you were actually living in China now Johnny. Thank you for the offer, if Mrs D changes her mind (doubtful) I will definitely ask for you help and advice.

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Yeah I quit up my job, packed a bag and just went without any plans or place to stay. That was 3 years ago .... lol
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If you want to watch life in China, I really recommend This bloke

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If you want to watch life in China, I really recommend This bloke



Yeah i seen that bloke, he's not bad. Better that a lot of the arrogant westerners than go there are make Youtube videos and know zero about the culture and language

I do like this one about No Politcal Correctness in China . Its not as negative as he makes out. He seems a bit peeved off by it. They just say out of curiosity and not meant to be offensive. I live in an area where the are no foreigners whatsoever and I hear that term 外国人or 老外 every day of the week. I go to a small town near the N Korea border and you get a gang of people following you down the street taking photos

Only back in the UK 2 weeks and the PC nonsenses is getting on my tits again. I got corrected last week for talking about handicap parking spots. Apparently its an offensive.....


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This week they are in Cuba, what a bleedin' dump that is. Worth a look as there is some creepy lothario latched on to Jan Leeming. :lol:

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I worked fulltime and lived in China for 3 - 4 years, nearly 20 years ago. It was magic. My job required constant travel around the country, so I saw a lot. Great people, smart people, and full of culture.
The food does take adjusting to, but when there are no other options, you make up your mind to develop a taste for the extreme - some examples, crispy fried scorpions and frogs for breakfast, along with the more usual snakes, tortoises, ciccadas, donkey penis, tortoise bile juice, sea cucumbers and so on. Just grab it in your chopsticks, close your eyes and go for it. The other thing - all business entertaining is done with huge volumes of alcohol. It's hard going on the liver.

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Laird wrote:
I worked fulltime and lived in China for 3 - 4 years, nearly 20 years ago. It was magic. My job required constant travel around the country, so I saw a lot. Great people, smart people, and full of culture.
The food does take adjusting to, but when there are no other options, you make up your mind to develop a taste for the extreme - some examples, crispy fried scorpions and frogs for breakfast, along with the more usual snakes, tortoises, ciccadas, donkey penis, tortoise bile juice, sea cucumbers and so on. Just grab it in your chopsticks, close your eyes and go for it. The other thing - all business entertaining is done with huge volumes of alcohol. It's hard going on the liver.


Would have been a lot different 20 years ago. Even in the last ten years there has been massive changes


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