The first time I visited China I was nervous.
It was early spring in 1991 and our Qantas flight from Sydney arrived at the old Beijing Airport. A wooden staircase was pushed against the plane and we walked down onto the tarmac. Guards with guns guided us towards the reception hall.
Today Beijing Airport is a cathedral to modern travel. One of the largest vaulted ceilings in the world hovers above football-field expanses of marble. It is an awe-inspiring structure and a perfect metaphor for the changes in China. From metal-covered sheds to graceful public spaces. Beijing has changed. China has changed.
Now I am back living in Hong Kong after a 12 year absence. So much has changed, but at its core this remains the same city – resourceful, energetic, innovative, clever, manic.
For six years I wrote a blog under the moniker “WallyDownUndy”. And while that humorous name worked perfectly well in Australia, it is out of sync with local culture.
So here goes a new blog – FacingChina.Me
Thanks for reading!