Arriving in Beijing
I landed in Beijing at the same time as a massive blizzard. Apparently one of the worse on record. I have never experienced anything quite like it. The plane underwent something like a giant outside car wash of antifreeze gas to blow the snow off the plane enough for us to then fly out. Slightly nervous run down the tarmac, but we made it. Our plane was the last to fly out but we were rerouted to Qindao instead due to the weather being too severe to land in Shenyang. It was a long way around... south for 2 hours, then north. A 90 minute flight turned into 8 hours.
Arrived in Shenyang at about 3pm.
Outside the airport
Minus 31. Unbelievable cold. As we walked to the taxi I think I went into shock because I thought I was walking but soon realised I was hardly able to put one foot in front of the other. My scarf instantly froze on my face and my lungs hurt. I could not feel my hands. It was one of the strangest experiences of my life. I eventually thawed out in the taxi, and am now nesting into my hotel room.. which is thankfully cozy and warm. I am right in the middle of Shenyang city. Twelfth floor. I have sweepng views of the city overlooking the a main city square which has a towering statue of Mao. It's the perfect landmark. I am told that Starbucks is 'just down the street', but in these temperatures will feel like crossing the Artic Circle without dog sleighs.
Will send some photos as soon as I am settled. Business starts in earnest tomorrow with an early meeting with the Ministry of Education and the first session with 30 students at 1.00pm, followed by my welcome banquet by the Ministry. Gonna be a long first day.
The adventure was just getting here...
For a tropical Queensland Australian, there is nothing quite like the feeling of minus 30 degrees. But, the warmth of my students and Chinese business associates makes it all worthwhile. There are so many things in Chinese culture I wish I could transport to the West. The food is great, the people warm and friendly, and the massages every night after dinner are just magnificient. And nothing quite makes you all warm and fuzzy as when someone pays you the compliment.."Your big nose is very beautiful.'
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