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Entering the Middle Kingdom

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On leaving Vietnam I chose to travel into China by bus. Mainly because it travelled during the day and I could see the countryside. It is interesting landscape - the hills are like forested stalagmites on a flat plane - somewhat like parts of Southern Thailand.

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The border to China was located in a pass through the hills. The bus from Hanoi finished before the Vietnamese immigration and we took taxi carts across the border. The funniest part was that from Chinese immigration we actually travelled through a tunnel in a wall into China. There was a fenced garden area where the Chinese could venture out through the wall and look at life on the other side.

It was somewhat strange after the assortment of South East Asian roads to be travelling on a real freeway, every bit as good as any in the US. What struck me as we came into Nanning was the amount of construction work. There were literally dozens of high-rise apartment blocks being built, perhaps over a hundred. And the streets seemed relatively empty so I am not sure where all the people were coming from. I reckon crane-leasing business would do well in China. There is talk that the construction boom is coming to an end in China. I don't know if it is or not, but I do know - those cranes are still out there by the hundred.

Posted by grasshopper 22:09 Archived in China

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