Got back from China yesterday. I had of course read about the rapid growth that has taken place over the last fifteen/twenty years but was unprepared for just how developed the main centres are. High-rise buildings, six lane highways, luxury hotels and an emerging middle class. There may be old folk planting rice in paddy fields (indeed there are) but most of the workforce in the cities is young and striving for success. The building in the main centres I went to, Beijing, Shanghai Xi’an and Nanjing, is incessant, with the capital particularly busy in preparation for the 2008 Olympics. (It might slow down a bit after that.) The natural money making instincts of the Chinese are back on the surface and now that the genie is out of the bottle there will be no putting it back. Can the world absorb another super economy without financial dislocation? Hope so but GDP is too big to ignore now.
Here is me on the Great Wall, I was a good tourist and did most of the major attractions, a wonderful experience. The Summer Palace, the Forbidden City, Tian-an-men Square, the Terracotta Army, The MagLev train in Shanghai (travelling at 270 m.p.h.) The Bund, Jade Buda Temple, The Gardens of Suzhou and finally the Yangtze River at Nanjing. I had a great time and anyone who wants more info/advise just give me a return e-mail. Oh Yes, I don’t want another Chinese meal for at least a month!