This is the typical lunch for us. So much food, so many different flavors, I don't know where to begin. First, the Chinese aren't afraid to dive in. In just about everything. Yes, in the middle are the green beans, a favorite of mine, ordered for me. The lazy susan center table is on every table. Also typical is a huge number of private rooms where we sat here. The common area is small, relative to the number of these private rooms. It's helpful to tune out the sound of the restaurant, although I have to say, it's a little closed in for me. That said, I ate well. So well. Way way well. :-)
This is the Sofitel pool in Nanjing on the 9th floor I think. Pretty pool. I would guess it's 25 meters. One strange and unique thing about it was the tempurature, at 30 deg C, which I'm not doing the math, but I would guess it's in the 90's Fahrenheit. So warm, darn near hot tub. There was a sign stating the room temp and the pool temp, and next to it, compared to China pool averages, and then compared to international pools. I thought this sign was a little strange,
1) strange to have a flyer stating the pool room air temp and the pool water temp
2) turn pool and room temp into a competition in the country
3) turn the temperature competition into an international race
But that's what I saw. The Chinese are going places.
He's riding an electric enhanced bike. I think they get up to about 20 mph. The mittens are built onto the handle bars. In this part of town, the high tech area, you can not use gas powered. It's a glimmer of including mother nature in decisions. Not a moment too soon!
This is a good point to mention a couple of thoughts from the trip. The first is, WOW. China is stunning, if not shocking in their acceleration to modernization. In many respects, it's a government working for the people, and getting so much done. Entire 20 million people high tech, pristine modern cities created in 20 years, if not 10. Can you imagine the USA moving that fast? We have a couple cities of that size that have grown over 100's of years. It's just stunning. The pace of economic growth is also absolutely jaw dropping, at about 10% per year growth every year over the last decade or more. Rather than cities providing utility services, and business building, here, the government builds the roads, utilities, transportation and even huge beautiful office and manufacturing buildings, and leases or then sells to business. It's so efficient and fast!
As good as this all sounds, there are challenges. Pollution. The massive growth does cost, and what I've seen, it has been charged to Mother Nature. The smog wasn't as visible in Shanghai, thankfully, but I think everywhere else. It's oppressive. I constantly felt a burning in my lungs. It's like a scary movie, surreal. The model also lends itself to corruption, which apparently is typical here.