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China Tour: Day 17, Shanghai

So we’re finally back in Shanghai. The end is nigh! I am SO excited to get back home. We all are. We’ve had a great tour – some fantastic concerts, new friendships and of course we’ve seen some amazing sights too. Not to mention the Chinese hospitality.

Some random thoughts on what we’ve learnt whilst in China:

  • Westerners in China are very exciting to Chinese people.
  • Chinese concert halls are generally freezing. Invest in thermal concert dress.
  • Chinese traffic is loud and crazy. Short toot = “I’m here”. Repeated short toots = “Im here, I’m here, I’m here… etc” Long toot = “Get out the bloody way.”
  • Pedestrians beware: The green man means you’re allowed to cross. It doesn’t however mean that the traffic will stop for you.
  • Meat is nearly always “on the bone”.
  • Even the grandest buildings have “hole-in-the-ground toilets” or “squatters” as we’ve named them. Sometimes without doors.
  • There are different types of Chinese massage.
  • Chinese people won’t accept tips.
  • Miming skills get you a long way – especially with a big smile on your face!

Things we’ve missed whilst in China:

  • Tetley tea
  • Dressing gown
  • Baked beans
  • Bread
  • Milk
  • Cereal
  • Orange juice
  • Meat “off-the-bone”
  • Porridge
  • Anna’s harp
  • Jenny’s singing
  • Blue sky
  • Toilets

Off into Shanghai now for a final orchestra happy hour then England here we come. Hurrah!

POST TITLE: China Tour: Day 17, Shanghai
AUTHOR: Jenny Maslin
POSTED: 11th January 2012

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