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I have been home from China for a week now. It seems unreal that I was more than 7,000 miles and 12 time zones away from my family. It was my first long business trip since before Laura was born. I loved China.
One of the first things I learned upon arriving is that WordPress is blocked, so my plan of doing daily picture posts was thwarted. I sent Laura and Jung nightly PowerPoint presentations instead. Over the next few posts, I’ll share trip highlights starting today with Suzhou in the Jiangsu province. I was in Suzhou the first 3 nights.
The roads had a special lane for motorbikes. At work, a covered bike port was provided, with the overflow neatly lined up on either side of the entrance door. People of all ages and demographics rode motorbikes, including grandmothers with grandchildren and well dressed professional women (these women tended to wear a jacket backwards to protect their arms and shirt front).
These two snails enjoyed the wet weather. I found them on a yellow wood fence outside of work.
What do you do when it rains and you need to get to work on your motorbike? Wear a special raincoat that goes over the handlebars or use an elongated umbrella!
The exit signs in China aren’t red like in the US. Instead, they are green with a running man. Fire safety is taken seriously. In the hallway at work, extinguisher boxes are placed at regular intervals. Remember to dial 119 for emergency. In my hotel room, a smoke mask is on the closet shelf in case of fire.
Chinese policemen wear white gloves. Street cleaners sweep with bamboo brooms. At the hotel, a girl in a red jacket gives a refreshing tea to each person checking in. Another girl stands by to sell moon cakes for the upcoming mid-Autumn Festival
Inside a sweet shop
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