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    Posted March 7, 2014 by
    Memphis, Tennessee
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    Life in China

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    Hard working Chinese

    Having traveled for work in China for 25 years, it is an amazing place of transformation, with the scenery changing almost overnight. The early days of traveling there had very little infrastructure, making trips to factories that now only take an hour to get to seem like endless road trips. I love the endurance of the people in spite of their daily struggles.

    Factory workers are like artisans, and fascinating to watch. No space goes unused, and that means factories for producing product are also used for drying rice on tarps when the weather is good. The rule of thumb is a minimum of two people on bicycles, and 3 to 5 on scooters.

    I love the juxtaposition of an 800 year old bridge against modern (but already getting dingy from polution) new buildings in Wuyi.

    The people need to relax after work too, so outdoor pool tables are the norm in factory areas for the workers. Yu Yuan Garden in Shanghai is a favorite for shopping and dining for both tourists and locals.

    No matter what happens with their government, political issues, and freedoms we take for granted, the people are always proud of their country and love to show you some of their beautiful places.

    Here's a few photos from my travels over the last couple of years. The smog can make it very hazy, but the beauty of the landscape still shines through.
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