It has been an interesting, enlightening, and entertaining month in China. The first 18 days were doing a private tour organized through Wendy Wu Tours, with the final 10 days being at a house sit in the city of Qingdao looking after three dogs and three cats.
I love history, but both Karen and I have a very limited ability to enjoy museums. As well our lifestyle does not allow for collecting trinkets and souvenirs so we try to focus on sights, smells, and people in our travels. China is a treasure trove for these types of experiences.
The people, oh the people. With a population of 1.4 billion people (18% of the worlds population) they are everywhere. However I will qualify that with the statement that we never felt we were in a crush of people as we have experienced in many other countries. The public have learned to just move forward. With both walking and driving it is vital not to worry about what is behind you. We never once saw anyone get upset about being cutoff. Just keep moving forward.
I mentioned our last 10 days were house sitting in Qingdao, a port city with a population of around 6 million. It was a very quiet time resting and catching up on writing and organizing photos.
China is a country that holds strong feelings for many people. The advantage of our house sitting life styles is that when the opportunity presented itself to experience it first hand, we were able to do it. Because of that we are better informed, more rounded individuals. We highly recommend the experience to others.