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Dr. Lomino in China. Feburary 17

FEBRUARY 17:  HAKKA

I take the day off to make a trip to Lions Education corporate office at the International Finance Center, in Zhujiang New Town, to be followed by some shopping.  I am feeling more comfortable with public transportation.  At home I have access to my own vehicle whenever I feel the urge to travel, but there are so many advantages to using public transportation in large cities, not the least of them being financial.  The system here in Guangzhou is commendable.  The buses are always clean and the metro is high speed, modern and efficient. The terminals are equally clean and orderly.  All in all the Guangzhou metro system is a champion people mover. 

Jecky and I arrive at the IFC, take care of business, and decide it is time for some lunch. He takes me to a Hakka Restaurant near the office.  He says this place has been a favorite of the previous foreign directors.  I see why. I am introduced to cooked Lotus Root, with a filling of sticky rice and covered with a honey glaze.  It seems like dessert, but comes first.  I can’t get enough of the sweet, chewy goodness.  Soon the table is filled with spectacular vegetable dishes—ordered so well by Jecky, perfect for my vegan taste.  I learn that the Hakka people are known for their style of food and the traditional round communal homes in the mountains where they live.  I tell Jecky I would like to visit one of their towns and he says there is actually one not far from Guangzhou.  I have added it to my wish list of places to visit.

Shopping is the next order of business.  Because I am still losing weight, some of the outdoor clothing I brought along for warmer weather, just don’t fit anymore.  I find a pair of quick-dry long pants that convert to knee length, some socks, a pair of trail runners and a good quality fanny pack.  Now I can be dressed for the weather in the forest.

Today’s Insight:  I feel so fortunate to be in China and to learn about their ancient culture and peoples.  It makes me realize how much our civilization owes to them—a great deal of our knowledge—scientific, philosophical and social—has its roots in ancient Asia.

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