Visit Southwest China and Thailand
Southwest China and Thailand are two great areas in Southeast Asia.
Southwest China is an
astounding diverse place with an incredibly complex society and
a vast history going back more than 10,000 years. They invented
almost everything, and created much of human thought. It's
thundering into the future and is changing faster than at any time in
its past. Along the way Chinese have developed a few bad habits
and some really good ones, too.
- When the Chinese do something, they always over do it. When
they have people, they have a billion people. When they eat
things, they eat everything. And I do mean everything. When they
employ people, they try to employ everybody. When they try to
cheat, they try and cheat on everything.
- China is ripping itself apart at an alarming rate and
replacing the old with what it thinks is better. Too many
thousands of wonderful old neighborhoods are being sacrificed at
the temple of progress. (Sounds like America in the 1950's.
Doesn't it?) If China doesn't get itself under control, it will
have a modern land no one wants to live in and no one wants to
- The Chinese believe that foreigners must always be guided,
corralled and controlled. They believe outsiders cannot take care
of themselves. How can they? They're foreigners! Every Chinese I
met was genuinely shocked that I was traveling
by myself. The unsaid is quietly said: "You can't be smart enough.
You are a devil foreigner. No idiot can be allowed to run the
streets. It's unsafe... It's for your own good."
- There is no concept of animal suffering here. Most
food sources are kept alive to the last second to preserve
freshness and save on refrigeration. Most restaurants are nothing
more than take-away zoos.
- Life can be very hard here. Chinese girls that work in
factories get paid 400 Juan ($50) per month, minus 240 Juan ($30)
living expenses. The rest is usually sent to their parents. The
amazing thing is that these are the lucky girls. They
have family. They have jobs. They belong to a bigger group. They
are not by themselves.
These are some really bad habits, but things are changing quickly. There is a much hope for this great nation.
- The next generation is the saving grace of China.
The younger Chinese are fed up with the old Chinese Way of
mistrust of foreigners, of change. They want to get it right, and
they want it now!
- The young Chinese professionals are great to work with! I
know. I do it every day! I have been flabbergasted more than once
by the honesty, integrity, and joy-of-life found in Chinese youth.
They are great people to know and be with.
- China knows it desperately needs its minorities, in order to
glimpse other viewpoints. The Han culture, its sensibilities and
old desperation can be overpowering. The Chinese are inviting new
ideas, even though its government is desperately trying to control
the uncontrollable internet and its information age.
Prepare yourself for the unbelievable when you visit China, the very old and the very new will more than surprise you!
Thailand is freedom's best ally in Southeast Asia. Its name,
Thailand, means Free Land in Thai language. It's never been
conquered. The people, the government are more than tough; they
succeed in freedom like no other in the Eastern Hemisphere and maybe
the world. They are extremely proud of this, as they should be.
The masters of their martial arts routinely beat masters of all
other martial arts, such as Karate, Jujitsu, or Kung Fu.
Thai cultures, including Buddhist traditions, are wonderfully
There are temples, palaces, elephant trips, surprising canal
speedboat rides, and mysterious islands to explore throughout
Thai Street Food is legendary, especially in Bangkok. Try a Thai
style massage where tiny masseuses walk across your back among other
techniques to relax and reduce stress.
Thai people enjoy talking to Westerners if they speak a little
Thailand is a great destination for all.
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