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Seth Seth! More info on China please & Thanks (31) RE: Seth! More info on China please & Thanks 14 Dec 00

I have been busy with school the last few days and the internet here is not too steady, so sometimes I can't post or bring up Mudcat. We are off to Nan Yang to look for the jade and turquoise mines. WInter in these parts of China is not a holiday postcard. THe sky is the color of laundry rinse water, and it's gray and brown and navy blue everywhere you look. The wind from Siberia comes to visit, and it makes January in Chicago seem like Carnaval! The wind blows the dirt and old plastic and garbage around, people are huddled in their clothes, everything just looks a little shabbier. BUT, people never lose their warmth, and it is something that I just don't find in the U.S.A., where streets are empty and stores are full. Here the streets are always full. Luoyang is an old,old city; Capital of nine dynasties they tell me, but the ninth was a long time ago, and it's been a long slide down ever since. THe Japanese occupied it for a while at the end of the Great War, it seems that they wrecked what wasn't falling down already. There has been a lot of rebuilding in the past twenty years. After I finish writing this, we are traveling ten miles out of the city to the dedication of the Long Men grottoes as an international cultural and historic site. They tell us that thousands of people will be there, plus international TV. We'll see. We are a long way from Beijing, geographicly,culturally and politically. As they say here, "The mountains are high and the Emporer? is far away." 90% of the news of China that comes to us from the TV is about Beijing, so Chinese people don't know much about the rest of China. I can't tell you horror stories, because I only can talk about what I see. IN this city of six million, the police don't carry guns, in fact , you just never see anyone with a firearm, which is a pleasant change from the U.S. I'll send more about NanYang and CHinese trains nest week My best to you Seth from CHina

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