Sunday, May 01, 2005

China has Changed!

OH MY GOODNESS! I can't believe how much China has changed in the past 15 years! I first visitied China in Feb 1988. The things that strike me the most are:
many, many fewer bicycles
many, many more personal cars
huge, beautiful buildings
cell phones everywhere
western items galore
western stores (Wal-Mart, Carrefour)
internet availability
new roads
western restaurants (Pizza Hut, McDonalds, KFC)
not being stared at as much because they have never seen foreigner before
coffee houses everywhere (even in the little cities) Starbucks is only the mega citiesEven though China is changing, it is still CHINA! Today, I had lunch at Pizza Hut in Kunming. It was really good. They were advertising some new things. One of them was e-coupons on their website. The other was an ad for Oolong Chicken Comsume. (Tea Chicken Soup) Ugh!
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