你好中国 China, the beginning

April 4th-First Night

I thought when I landed in China I would be immediately be overwhelmed with a sense of “wow this is China.” Maybe it was because I was sleep deprived, but it didn’t feel like I was in China. It didn’t really feel like I was anywhere, certainly not on the other side of the world from my home.

I was happy to not be traveling alone and to be traveling with Chinese speakers. May and Dan, and their 4 year old triplet daughters. May is a native Chinese speaker, whose family is in China. She moved to the US when she married Dan. In the airport we met up with her cousin who took us on the subway. It was early evening, about 6pm. I was surprised at the lack of trash. There weren’t even that many people riding the subway. Of course that quickly changed as we got closer into the city and had to switch trains. Basically you push your way into a car so that the doors can close. There is no elbow room. Barely enough room to breathe. Little did I know that I would experience worse…

May’s cousin took us to a restaurant where we met up with his wife. In the center of the table is a turntable so that multiple dishes can be ordered and shared with everyone. The triplets were falling asleep halfway through the meal. There is no comparison of real Chinese food and American Chinese food. There are no words to describe how good the seafood was, especially the steamed fish. I could go to China just for the fish.

Then it was off to bed. Shanghai, see you in the morning.

 

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