August 2005

C is for Change

August 31, 2005 // 0 Comments

I will be talking about this quite a bit–the change that is happening in China as the country becomes more and more interested in the western style of life. Buses like this one are the most common to ride in–ours was a little more high class than this city commuter bus. Bus transport is the slowest mode, but is worth the money. Transport from the University to downtown takes about 30 minutes, but only costs 1rmb, which is about 13 cents. If you were to take a cab to the city, it would take half the time, but more than likely cost around 50 rmb as Xianang U is just outside of the city limits and a toll booth–which is 20 rmb one way and you must pay the cabby’s toll back into the city. 50rmb is about $6.25. So obviously, the bus routes are the way to go. China’s development to westernize itself is growing. Newer condos such as these are growing around the city and China playing host to the […]

Downtown Chenzhou

August 31, 2005 // 0 Comments

Today was the first full day in Chenzou and I was given the gracious opportunity to travel with two soon to be students of mine into town for some supplies. The journey was very amusing and somewhat long. Chenzou City is about a 30 minute bus ride from where we are located, which is considered the “suburbs”. These are all pictures that were taken during the journey. As you can see, it was a very overcast day here, but still very humid. By the end of the day, my shirt was clinging tightly to me. This is a very common site in Chenzou and I would imagine other cities in China as well. Men with giant carts loaded down with goods from who knows where. This man had one of the larger carts we saw throughout the day, but it was not uncommon to see bikes loaded with 75 bags of rice weighing at least 50lbs a piece. I thought this is a funny picture because the billboard looks very much like […]

Chenzhou Thoughts

August 31, 2005 // 0 Comments

Let me just say first off that I cannot check the site to see if these blogs are actually making it into cyberspace, but I believe that they are. This and the BBC have been the only sights that I have seen blocked. So, please make comments as they are sent to me via email and that lets me know that the site is working. I might look for another blog to post to that I can see as well, but this one has so many functions, its going to be tough to let go. I do not have a lot of time in which to write this, as I am supposed to be meeting a student to go into town and get supplies with. We were supposed to have breakfast, but it is now 10:15am and I have a feeling that breakfast is done with. The last 72 hours have been quite amazing for me. I am not sure why, but I didn’t really think any of this was going to […]

China has arrived, now I am just waiting for the jetlag..

August 30, 2005 // 0 Comments

Well, I am very happy to report that it would seem that I can actually access my blog. I am writing this short note to say that I have arrived in Chenzou and I am currently writing to you from my flat here on the campus. It is much, much nicer than I had expected! The living room and the bedroom are near perfect, but the bathroom needs a good cleaning (please hold your laughs) and the kitchen is beyond my realm of filth. Now, I am going to test to see if this actually posts. Cross yer fingers.

5 Daze 2 China

August 25, 2005 // 0 Comments

The days are flying by so fast at this point, its hard to pause for a few moments and write about what is going on. Yesterday the final piece of the essential puzzle was put into place for going to China. I received the Visa back from the San Francisco Consulate of the People’s Republic of China with my Z visa included in the passport. I was granted one single entry and a friendly reminder that I need to go to the securities office within 30 days to get my residental working visa. It is somewhat shocking to stare at this piece of paper that ended up costing $150us to allow me into the country. It took a lot of little steps to get through in order to get the Visa going to get to this point where I am today. Where am I today? I am laying on the bed that has already been sold, my room a complicated mess of various items that I have yet to decide where they […]

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