China in her Eyes

I cross the equator and switch hemispheres, barely:  1° North.

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At the airport a friendly officer puts a leaflet into my passport that reminds me: the local sentence for drug trafficking is Death. I did not pack any drugs, but still, I feel uneasy when I pick up my luggage and another friendly officers signals me to put it into a very efficient looking high-tech scanner. What if …  If, fortunately, does not happen.

Public transportation is spotless …

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… with a sense for details …

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… spectacular exits …

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… and impressive fines.

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Downtown …

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… I take a boat down the river, …

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… and visit the sentinels of the colonial past, …

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… all white and shining.

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In the tropical heat and humidity air conditioning …

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… creates islands of cool comfort.

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There seems to be no confusion about values:

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This place …

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… seems dedicated to Things …

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… and Beauty.

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At night …

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… the city lights up.

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There is entertainment …

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… and food …

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… to choose from.

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The next day I see references to many cultures. Some more authentic …

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… than others …

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… but this city …

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… has China in her Eyes.

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